It will cost £5m if Sheffield United want to sign Ben Davies from Preston North End this month.
That’s according to Football Insider. They also claim that Rangers have become the latest side to show interest in the defender.
Davies is out of contract at the end of this season and The Scottish Sun reports the 25-year-old has been offered a record deal to remain at Deepdale.
However, if the centre-back turns that down then Preston would rather make some money on him during the current January transfer window. Rather than lose him for nothing this summer.
The Blades are long-term admirers of Davies. Manager Chris Wilder views him as the ideal replacement for Jack O’Connell on the left side of his back three.
O’Connell is currently sidelined and is unlikely to play again in 2020/21 after having knee surgery.
Sheffield United aren’t the only side interested in Ben Davies
Yet United face competition for Davies and not only from the current Scottish Premiership leaders.
Gers’ great rivals Celtic are also keen on the Preston star. As are Bournemouth – whom The Daily Echo reports had a £5m bid for Davies rejected in September – and Belgian side Genk.
Now Serie A’s Udinese have also joined the chase.
As Davies has entered the final six months of his current deal, he can sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs. That includes the Glasgow duo.
All of which makes the Blades’ chances of signing Davies themselves increasingly unlikely. Not to mention the fact that the player himself has doubts about moving to Bramall Lane.
United are, after all, currently bottom of the Premier League table with just two points and no wins from 17 games.
Davies may have very legitimate concerns that he would play in the top flight for just six months, before quickly returning to the Championship.
This is a trail that looks to have gone cold for the South Yorkshire side.