Report: Celtic back in for Liverpool defender Ben Davies

Celtic have reportedly rejoined the race to sign Liverpool defender Ben Davies.

The Reds snatched the defender from under the noses of the Scottish side by signing him from Preston on January deadline day.

Davies had agreed pre-contract terms with the Bhoys before Liverpool stepped in at the last minute.

With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all ruled out for the rest of the season, Liverpool needed to sign a centre-back in the transfer window.

They managed to bring in two – Davies and Ozan Kabak.

However, the Englishman never played a minute for the club. He suffered from a few injuries, while he also failed to adapt to playing for a world-class side.

That has led to speculation that he could move on this summer after only a few months at Anfield.

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Celtic are back in for him, according to the Daily Mail.

While Liverpool want to sell him for a profit, the Bhoys want to sign him on a season-long loan deal.

They are joined in the race by numerous Championship clubs, including Bournemouth.

RTK View: Davies to Celtic a good move for all

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We believe that Liverpool should allow Davies to move up north, especially if he is unsettled as reported.

Celtic are a huge club. Davies could have the chance to play regular European football in front of some of the best fans in the world, rather than rotting in Kirkby as Liverpool’s sixth-choice centre-back.

With van Dijk, Matip, Gomez and new boy Ibrahima Konate ahead of him in the pecking order, another injury crisis is the only real chance he has of featuring for the Reds.

Having that said, if Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams both depart, he may get his chance. He is certainly not a bad option as fifth-choice.

But he would have to be content with being that, which we do not believe he will be.

Ideally, it would be a sale rather than a loan.

If Liverpool could sign a player for £1.6m (Sky Sports) and sell for a profit without him even playing for the club, it would be remarkable business.

With Kristoffer Ajer pushing for a move and Shane Duffy’s disappointing loan not being made permanent, Celtic could certainly do with Davies.

He would be joining a good project under new manager Ange Postecoglu.

It looks like a deal that would suit everyone, so we do expect it to happen in the coming months.

That is, of course, unless Davies really impresses Jurgen Klopp during pre-season.

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