Liverpool have agreed a fee in the region of £ 2m for Preston center-back Ben Davies.

Jurgen Klopp’s squad have decided to sign cover for their defensive injuries and are interested in Davies for the role, which is attracted in part by the simplicity and affordability of the deal.

The 25-year-old center-back, who is in the last six months of his contract with Preston, was able to speak to clubs outside of England this month, which resulted in an agreement with Celtic.

However, the Scottish champions were aware of the interest of other clubs including Bournemouth and were ready to sign him this month.

Celtic had been quoted between £ 2 million and £ 2.5 million by Preston while Bournemouth was told they would have to pay closer to £ 3 million to get it.

But Liverpool, which had looked at loan options over the possible complications of coronavirus travel restrictions but failed to sign overseas players, is approaching Davies on the eve of Deadline Day.

The club are concerned that the return of injured duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomes will see a well-known player transferred to the bench, and they also wear Davies with their left foot as a center-back – a relative commodity in football and the kind of Player they are currently missing.

Manager Klopp refused to be pulled on Davies when asked about beating West Ham in his post-game press conference.

There is also talk of Liverpool young center-back Sepp Van Den Berg on loan to Preston until the end of the season to replace Davies, who has been a key player for Alex Neil for several seasons.

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