Liverpool accept charges with Preston for center-back Ben Davies
Liverpool have agreed to a fee of around £ 2million with Preston for center-back Ben Davies with Reds youngster Sepp van den Berg ready to go the other way on loan.
The 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, which means the January transfer window is the last opportunity for Preston to receive some cash for the defender as he couldn’t leave for nothing on June 30th.
The Telegraph reported on Sunday that Premier League giants Liverpool have investigated the defender as they seek to strengthen their central defensive options for the remainder of the campaign.
Now, the Times’ Paul Joyce has revealed a fee has been agreed upon for Davies, who has established himself as a North End regular in recent seasons.
Although Davies is not experienced at the top level, he is able to play center-back or sneak up to left-back when needed, giving Klopp even more reason to bet on the Preston star.
This news will be a big blow to Preston and Celtic, with the latter previously linked with Davies. For the Lilywhites, they are resigned to losing their central defender, as the Reds’ interest would prove too good to turn down the champion.
It will be equally disheartening for Celtic, who had hoped to land Davies in an attempt to cover his own defensive issues. The Hoops signed Shane Duffy from Brighton this summer, but he didn’t stop them from scoring goals and sliding 23 points behind the leaders Rangers.
Celtic have been pushing for a deal before the transfer window closes on Monday night, either to sign him immediately or to arrange a move for the start of next season.
Liverpool’s defensive injury issues have been well documented this season. First-choice starters Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffered menacing injuries of the season earlier in the campaign, while Joel Matip will be out for a few months and Fabinho has struggled with punches.