Preston North End have offered Ben Davies a new contract, reports Yorkshire Live.
Sheffield United made an enquiry about Davies in October and remain keen on signing the defender during the January transfer window.
The Blades were told by Preston they would need to pay £10m if they wanted to land the 25-year-old.
In the end, a deal didn’t happen. But Davies is in the final year of his current contract at Deepdale and could leave for free next summer.
It’s why the Lilywhites have put this new deal on the table for the centre-back. Davies is a key player for the Championship side and manager Alex Neil does not want to lose him.
The decision on this new contract will determine many things.
If Davies signs, then United will no longer be able to afford to sign him and will end their interest. If he doesn’t, then Preston may well look to cash-in in the new year.
Will Ben Davies sign a new contract with Preston?
Davies has spent his entire career to date with the Lilywhites after progressing through their youth system.
Yet Lancashire Live reports that he is unlikely to put pen to paper. Especially as there is interest from the Premier League.
While the Blades aren’t the only side said to be keen on Davies, they do seem to be the frontrunners for his signature should he move.
Celtic have previously been credited with having interest, but it seems less likely as they have since signed Shane Duffy.
Bournemouth have cooled their own interest, while there are rumours Stuttgart in Germany are keeping tabs.
But having previously made an enquiry, United appear to be the most likely suitors for Davies.
Which will please boss Chris Wilder, who is said to be “desperate” to sign a replacement for Jack O’Connell.
O’Connell is set to miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery. With the ability to play at both left-back and on the left side of a back three, Davies looks to be the ideal alternative.