Both Celtic and Middlesbrough are keen on signing Liverpool defender and last season’s Blades loanee, Ben Davies, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The former Preston man spent last season on loan with the Blades. His form, on the whole, was inconsistent, with Davies often putting in some steady performances alongside John Egan. However, come the end of the campaign, he lost his place in the XI to Jack Robinson and is now back with Liverpool.
Of course, he is never going to get into the Liverpool team either and another move this summer seems likely. And The Echo has reported that both Celtic and former Blades boss Chris Wilder are keen on bringing the defender in.
It’s reported that while no bid has been made as yet, both Celtic and Boro have expressed an interest in signing Davies over the summer. Interestingly, it’s claimed the Reds are looking to bring in around £4m for the ex-Preston man.
Davies was signed by Jurgen Klopp in the 19/20 season as emergency cover at the back. However, he’s yet to feature for the Reds in the Premier League, with Klopp often even using the likes of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson ahead of him at the back.
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There have been murmurings of off-field problems not helping Davies’ cause, so if those murmurs are right then there’s no point in digging Davies out.
On pure footballing terms, though, he did flatter to deceive at times. He is a fantastic footballer and for a left-sided centre-back, ticks a lot of boxes. However, there were times where he seemed to be bullied a bit, and Robinson’s intensity essentially won him his place back come the end of the season.
It’s unlikely Sheffield United will go back for Davies this summer. His wages will be big, and Heckingbottom will probably have other players in mind.