West Ham could look to steal a march on the Blades and make their own move for Preston North End defender, Ben Davies.

Premier League clubs have until the end of the week to land EFL targets, and Chris Wilder has been credited as having an interest in the left-footed Preston star.

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However, United’s offer is said to be a loan-to-buy bid to land Davies, something Preston may well frown upon given he is one of their standout performers.

And now the Sunday Mirror (Print, 11/10, P73), claims that West Ham could now move for Davies as David Moyes eyes a raid on his former club to land the impressive Davies.

The Hammers are also set to sign Said Benrahma this week after agreeing a deal with Brentford. United, on the other hand, are looking for a new left-side centre-half after seeing Jack O’Connell go down injured for an extensive period of the season.

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Davies, it seems, along with both Diego Rico and Terence Kongolo, had been identified as targets by Chris Wilder.

Another one to miss out on?

It looks like the Blades have already pulled out of the race to sign Kongolo from Huddersfield. A failed medical due to a foot injury seemingly putting United off any immediate deal.

With Davies, the fact is that West Ham will probably offer more in terms of wages. The other issue we have in bringing a player in for that position is they know that eventually they’ll be second-fiddle for O’Connell.

The Preston man is quality and right in the mould of player Chris Wilder likes. But if a loan to buy is not on the cards, then £10m, plus wages, will probably prove too steep for us in the end.

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