Report: Celtic want Championship centre-back in by Friday

By David Walton

January 27, 2021

Celtic are hoping to complete the signing of Championship centre-back Ben Davies by Friday, Football Insider reports.

The source believes that the Hoops are battling Bournemouth for Davies’ signature. However, they claim that the Bhoys want a deal done by the end of this week.

Football Insider also believes that as much as £3million would be enough to nab Davies this month. Whilst it’s difficult to see Celtic parting with a sum that big for a player out of contract soon, Preston value him highly.

The Lilywhites manager Alex Neil slapped a £10m valuation on Davies in the summer [Lancs Live]. That was at a time when there was only a year remaining on his contract too. So if Celtic want him in now, it would appear we would have to cough up a bit more than normal.

Davies has played 18 times for Preston this season and suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out for a month between October and November [Transfermarkt].

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Whether we get him in by Friday or not, Celtic look in a good position to sign Davies. With speculation heating up that a move to Parkhead is forthcoming, you have to consider us the favourites.

However, if this is indeed a Neil Lennon-sanctioned signing, then he needs to be brought in now. Mainly because the manager won’t even be here in the summer (or shouldn’t be at least).

The last thing a new manager needs is a new signing arriving to the club that he’s had no control over. It would be better for Davies to come in now and prove himself before there’s a chance in management. At least at that stage he would be a recognised and valuable member of the first team should he have a promising first few months.

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In truth, this is a deal I can’t really get my head around. Whilst Davies looks a good option for the club, the uncertainty regarding the management makes this all a bit bizarre. Why on earth are we still providing Lennon with signings? If he only has until the end of the season, there should be no new January additions.

Unless of course they’re still trying to justify Lennon keeping the job long-term. Only on that condition could it be deemed acceptable to bring players in. What we should’ve done, however, was have a new manager in place well before January so that he could start forming a squad in his own image.

Regardless, that hasn’t happened and we’re stuck with Lennon. Expect this Davies deal to get wrapped up at some point.

In other news, we take a look at the most worrying thing Neil Lennon said yesterday.