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Preston defender Ben Davies signs pre-contract deal with Celtic

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Celtic are set to welcome Preston’s Ben Davies to the club this summer, with the center-back signing a pre-contract deal with the Scottish Premiership champions.

Neil Lennon has made no secret of his willingness to beef up his defensive options after news star defender Christopher Jullien potentially misses the rest of the season with a serious knee injury. Meanwhile, starlet Jeremie Frimpong has secured a lucrative transfer to Bayern Leverkusen.

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Ben Davies has become one of the best talents in the championship | Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

With the ever-present Kristoffer Ajer linked with a possible departure from the club, the need for reinforcements at Celtic Park has become clear, and Lennon appears to have secured his first summer arrival.

Preston center-back Ben Davies has emerged as one of the league’s top defenders in recent years, however, with the 25-year-old’s current North End contract expiring this summer, a number of clubs have come forward. their interest. .

Boss Alex Neil did everything he could to persuade Davies to stay at the club, although it seems his calls fell on deaf ears, with Sky Sports reporting that the defender signed a pre-contract deal with the Hoops which will see him move north of the border this summer.

The deal represents a coup for the Bhoys with Sheffield United, Bournemouth and even Genk rumored to hunt down the 25-year-old.

Davies has been with Preston since the age of 11 and has made 126 appearances for the club. After being loaned to a number of Lower League teams, including York City and Tranmere Rovers, he cemented his place in Preston’s starting XI in 2017 and has been a mainstay of the squad since then.

Various reports suggest Celtic are keen to step up momentum and welcome Davies before the January transfer window closes, however, for now, the defender will have to wait until summer to travel to Celtic Park.