Liverpool

Ben Davies will undergo a Liverpool medical after they had a £2million bid accepted by Preston North End, Football Insider can reveal.

This site exclusively broke the news at 4.24pm on Sunday (31st January) that the Merseysiders had made a blockbuster late move for the centre-back.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Liverpool’s offer for the central defender, 25, has been accepted and he has now been granted permission to head to Anfield for a medical and to discuss personal terms.

As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday, Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg is headed to Preston on loan as part of the agreement.

That is a crushing blow to Davies’ other suitors Celtic and Bournemouth, who have been locked in a battle to sign him in recent days.

Celtic stepped up their pursuit earlier on Sunday and had held talks over signing the Preston product immediately rather than on a pre-contract deal.

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He is out of contract at Preston at the end of the season and, as revealed by Football Insider earlier this month, rejected a club-record £17,000-a-week contract to stay at Deepdale.

That signalled to suitors he was ready to end his spell at North End, where he has spent his entire career.

Davies has remained a key man in Alex Neil’s squad despite doubts over his future.

He could now have played the last of his 145 matches for Preston, 19 of which have come in this season’s Championship.

In other news, a top pundit has shared to Football Insider a Liverpool centre-back signing reveal amid “leak”.