Blackburn Rovers manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has admitted that he wants to sign Ben Davies from Liverpool this summer.
Speaking to Lancs Live, Tomasson said that Davies is one of the players he’s looking at bringing in.
“He’s a very good player, isn’t he?” said the new Blackburn boss. “He hasn’t played a lot of games at Liverpool but there are a lot of players we are interested in. We want the best players we can get but we can’t buy every player or we’d have to rob a bank. I would never say one player, he is a good player and he is one of them.”
That’s about as clear a statement of intent as you’re ever likely to hear from a manager about a target. No smoke and mirrors here.
Fingers-crossed for a solution for Davies
Unless there are other suitors, it’s hard to see why a deal for Davies to join Blackburn wouldn’t get done.
Liverpool are obviously keen to offload him. Had he stood any chance of a future at Anfield he’d have been included in the ongoing pre-season tour. He wasn’t.
The Reds have reportedly already been in talks with Blackburn, but it’s unclear whether that’s on a temporary, or permanent basis.
A permanent switch would obviously be of more interest to Liverpool. There’s no reason to keep a player around the club if he has no future in the first-team. The Reds could also stand to gain a fair chunk more than the reported £1.6m they paid for him in 2021.
However, the market for Davies appears to be exclusively in the Championship. It feels unlikely that a club such as Blackburn would be willing to pay a big-ish fee for the 26-year-old on top of his wages.
And there-in lies the problem. Liverpool have seemingly signed a player who will now be difficult to move on. Had Davies excelled on-loan at Sheffield United last season he may have more of a market now.
But he struggled to assert himself in the team and ended up falling out of favour.
There’s obviously a good player in there. It’s unlikely he was ever quite at the standard to play for a Liverpool side this good, though.
Hopefully a solution can be found soon and Davies can kick-start his career.