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Report: Liverpool prefer permanent deal for Sheffield United target Ben Davies

Sheffield United remain keen on signing Liverpool defender Ben Davies this summer, although it could have to be on a permanent deal.

The Sheffield Star reports that Davies is keen on joining United, after failing to have any sort of impact on proceedings at Anfield. Davies moved to the Reds from Preston, but hasn’t made a single appearance.

Liverpool have also moved to strengthen their defensive ranks this summer with the capture of Ibrahima Konate. Further, they also have Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk back from injury.

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However, any hopes United have of landing Davies could come down to finances. The Star claims that while Liverpool are open to letting the defender go, they would prefer a permanent transfer.

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And given the Reds paid around £1.6m for Davies in January and he signed a long-term deal, they’re bound to want at least that – maybe more – to sell him.

A must do signing for United

It’s all a bit bizarre that United haven’t managed to sign anyone. While we all understand the cost of relegation, the fact we haven’t brought a single new face in is somewhat worrying.

Are finances really that tight? Are we really relying on someone being sold before we can do business? These are all questions that Blades fans need and want answers to.

As for Ben Davies, he simply must be signed. Saturday night showed we are crying out for a left-side defender. Especially, if Slavisa Jokanovic is going to go with four at the back.

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Jack Robinson huffs and puffs and puts the work in. But we need more quality, and Ben Davies certainly would bring that to Sheffield United.

These next few weeks will tell us where this board’s ambitions lie. We either spend a bit and improve the squad, or simply go stale and not give Jokanovic the tools he needs.

Like all Blades fans, we lie in wait to see what Prince Abdullah, Stephen Bettis, and others can pull out of the hat.

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