Alan Nixon has suggested that Leicester City have identified Preston North End’s Ben Davies as an alternative to Southampton’s Yannick Vestergaard.
Leicester have been looking to sign a centre-back during the January transfer window, with Vestergaard the main target, as has previously been reported by The Sun.
However, with the deadline now less than a week away, the Foxes will be preparing for the potential eventuality that they are unable to sign the Danish defender.
Nixon has reported that the alternative to the 27-year-old is Preston defender Davies.
Leicester. Have Ben Davies at Preston on standby list if Vestergaard doesnt happen. Foxes still want big Dane. Offering large loan fee and option to buy. Southampton may take it. Would fund Walker Peters at Spurs loan move.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 26, 2020
The 24-year-old has been a key player for Preston this season, making 22 Championship starts so far this campaign, helping them to their current position within the play-offs.
He averages 0.6 tackles per game while committing just 0.2 fouls and being dribbled past 0.2 times, which is a good sign of his dominance in this regard.
Despite being in the league below, this is a better sign than what Vestergaard has been producing, as the Dane makes 1 tackle, committing 0.5 fouls and being dribbled past 1.1 times.
Aside from that, Davies makes 0.8 interceptions, 4.6 clearances and 1 block per game, in addition to winning 3.8 aerial duels on average.
On the ball, he has a pass success rate of 76.1%, while he averages 4.9 long balls played per game.
It can be considered a bit more of a risk to go for somebody who is currently plying their trade in the Championship, but Davies has indicated that he can be a good alternative to Vestergaard.