Newcastle United are keen on signing Preston North End defender Ben Davies.
The Premier League side are in the hunt for some defensive reinforcements and could make a move for the Lilywhites’ man, according to a report by The Sun.
The new Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, who left Championship side Sheffield Wednesday for his boyhood club earlier this week, is eager to use his knowledge of the second tier to bring Davies to St James’ Park before the season starts.
Alex Neil’s Preston have already lost key player Callum Robinson to top flight side Sheffield United and will face a battle to hold onto Davies now.
Davies, who is 23 years-old, has been an important player for the Lancashire side over the past two seasons. He can operate as either a centre-back or a left-back.
The Barrow-born man started his career with Preston and has risen up through the youth ranks at Deepdale. He made his senior debut aged 17 in a League Cup tie against Coventry City in January 2013.
Davies has since played 88 times for the Lilywhites, chipping in with two goals. He has also gained plenty of first team experience out on loan in his early career with spells at York City, Tranmere Rovers, Southport, Newport County and Fleetwood Town.
He could now be on his way to the Premier League with Bruce’s Newcastle eyeing up a swoop.