An update has emerged on Liverpool defender Ben Davies, regarding Celtic’s interest in his services.
According to the Daily Mail, Celtic are chasing a deal to sign Liverpool central defender Ben Davies on a season-long loan. The report claims Celtic and Bournemouth are both interested in landing the centre-back this summer as Ange Postecoglou is eager to strengthen his defensive options ahead of next season.
Former Hoops boss Neil Lennon attempted to sign Davies from English Championship side Preston in the January transfer window, only for Liverpool to usurp them and snap him up for £2m.
It could be time to say bye-bye to Kristoffer Ajer and hello to Davies this summer as Postecoglou restructures his defensive unit. The Athletic reported last month that Ajer is disappointed by the club’s attempts to keep him after they rejected £10m bids from Norwich and Bayer Leverkusen.
The Norweigan has 12 months left on his contract and has an informal agreement with the club that he will be allowed to leave should a respectable offer come in.
Therefore, the 23-year-old could be parting ways with the Scottish giants before the end of the transfer window and that could leave a gigantic hole to fill in the centre-back position, one which Davies could fill.
Prior to his switch to Anfield, the 25-year-old averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 6.82 in the Championship for Preston and previously managed an excellent score of 7.01 in a second-tier campaign for the Lancashire-based side.
This shows that he has the defensive quality to potentially be a great addition to Postecoglou’s side, which is why the Hoops must work hard to seal a deal for Lennon’s former target. His ability on the ball is another reason why he should be brought in. Calvin Andrew, a former teammate of Davies’, heaped praise on the defender and highlighted his quality to play out from the back with the ball whilst also being a strong defender.
He told The Athletic: “He’s robust. He can play. He’s naturally a left-back, I would say. He has that ability on the ball, he can play and see passes. But he’s not afraid of the dirty part of the game and puts his head where it hurts; a really brave and talented young man.”
The £60k-per-week beast, therefore, could be a terrific signing for the Hoops as he merges defensive stability with ball-playing qualities. This means that he could be perfect for a Celtic side likely to dominate possession in the Scottish Premiership, with his passing from the back able to help unlock defences and push Postecoglou’s side up in the pitch in transition as effectively as possible.