Sheffield United will need to stump up yet more cash if they are to land Preston North End defender, Ben Davies, before the window closes tomorrow.

The Blades are in the mix for a new defender following Jack O’Connell’s near season-ending injury. Manager Chris Wilder has openly admitted the club is looking at options, with Davies said to be among the names being considered.

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However, according to respected journalist Alan Nixon, United will need to shell out around £10m to land Davies, with Preston said to be digging their heels in when it comes to the 25-year-old.

Davies is one of the Championship’s most consistent performers and fits the bill when it comes to Chris Wilder’s seach for a left-footed central defender to fill the void left by O’Connell.

Jack Robinson is the only natural replacement currently in the squad, although Enda Stevens can fill in if needed while Ethan Ampadu could also do a job if needed.

Davies has appeared for Preston over 100 times, with spells with Fleetwood, York, and Newport also to his name.

£10m probably too much here, we may move on

Having just splashed the cash on Rhian Brewster, it’s hard to see the Blades making any more big-money moves in the market this summer.

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Wilder has spent around £50m yet again. Brewster’s signing comes alongside the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Jayden Bogle, and Max Lowe, while Sander Berge only signed in January for over £20m.

Davies is a quality player and the sort who Wilder enjoys working with. However, the figure could just be a bit much this time around as Preston look to maximise any sale they agree to.

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