Preston North End are looking to sign up Celtic-linked Ben Davies on a new contract now that the summer transfer windows have closed, according to the Lancashire Post.

The Sun reported over the summer that the Hoops were likely to sign the Championship centre-back on a pre-contract in January. Davies’ deal is set to expire at the end of the season after staying at Preston beyond both the international and domestic window deadlines.

There was reported interest from West Ham in a potential move for the Englishman (The Sunday Mirror, print edition, 11/10, page 73). However, in the end, the Hammers decided to go for Watford’s Craig Dawson as Davies remained put.

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Reported Celtic target Ben Davies

Reported Celtic target Ben Davies / (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Yet that doesn’t mean that Celtic have a free run at Davies in January. The Lancashire Post has stated that Preston are keen to get four of their players on new contracts, with Davies one of the quartet.

However, the Post also states that Preston will see what the views are of their players, with January being the final chance of bagging a fee for Davies if he wants to depart.

Celtic’s defence still needs tightening

The report says that Bournemouth had a £3million offer for Davies rejected earlier this summer. It remains to be seen whether the Championship club will continue to be so resistant in the winter window.

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But regardless, it could be the case that Celtic go shopping for another centre-back in January once again.

Unfortunately, the arrival of Shane Duffy hasn’t quite had the impact on the back-line we would’ve hoped. Whether that’s down to Neil Lennon not playing to his strengths or whether he’s just out-of-form, we’re not seeing the results we would’ve liked.

Shane Duffy's arrival hasn't shored up the backline

Shane Duffy’s arrival hasn’t shored up the backline / (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

In a season as important as this, it’s vital we continue to strengthen in areas of weakness. At the back we still have those, and it wouldn’t be overly surprising to see Celtic bring one more in again in just three months’ time.

Whether that’s Davies or not is up in the air. He’s started all five of Preston’s Championship games so far this season, so it’s clear he remains a favourite at Deepdale. Commanding whilst being comfortable on the ball suggests that he may be the kind of player Celtic could do with. Then again, considering Alex Neil wanted £10m in the summer, you never know whether he could be affordable (Lancs Live).

However, it all depends on what Lennon’s January plans are as well as whether the player even wants to leave Preston. We’ll keep you informed of any updates as always.

In other news, I give my view as to why we should stick by one of Neil Lennon’s highly-criticised summer-signings.

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