Preston North End don’t sound too happy that players such as Celtic target Ben Davies are the subject of intense transfer speculation right now, releasing a statement on their official website today.

It said: “Ordinarily we don’t comment on transfer speculation, however, the last few days have been frustrating as it would appear that a number of clubs are attempting to do their bidding through the press and social media.

“Some of the so called ‘informed’ comments have claimed that transfer fees have been agreed between us and at least one other club for named players.

“At the time of writing this statement no bids for any of our players have been agreed. Any approaches that have been made have been underwhelming in both quantum and payment timescales.”

Reported Celtic target Ben Davies

Reported Celtic target Ben Davies / (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Championship side goes on to state they do all their business club-to-club and have no interest in discussing transfers until it’s official.

It comes after The Daily Record linked Celtic with defender Ben Davies, reporting last night that he is an option should Kristoffer Ajer depart the club before October’s deadline.


More likely though, Preston are referencing Rangers’ transfer interest in Daniel Johnson, with The Record also reporting they are keen.

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There were social media rumours circulating over the weekend that the Ibrox club had agreed on a deal.

Reported Celtic target Ben Davies

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

Preston are setting their stall out that they won’t be pushed around when it comes to any potential Davies move, despite the player having less than a year left on his contract.

They are already said to have rejected a £5m offer for the player from division rivals Bournemouth (Daily Record), so clearly value him highly and this latest shot over the bows suggests they’d prefer to keep negotiations private.

That will likely suit Celtic too but there’s a lot of work to do if the club want to add the versatile defender to Neil Lennon’s squad.

In other news, Celtic have made a renewed push to sign Alfie Doughty.

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