Derby might be wishing they had signed Preston's Ben Davies now

Phillip Cocu, Manager of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Swansea City at Pride Park Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Derby, England.

Preston North End defender Ben Davies is being linked with a £10m move to Premier League clubs Everton, Wolves, Newcastle United and Brighton.

A dejected Derby County manager \ head coach Frank Lampard with Fikayo Tomori during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium...

The centre-back partnership which helped drag Frank Lampard’s Derby County all the way to the Championship play-off final last season has been broken up in brutal fashion.

No one at Pride Park realistically expected reigning Player of the Year Fikayo Tomori to return, especially once Frank Lampard left to take over at Chelsea, but few expected that Richard Keogh’s season would come to an end this early.

 

Fortunately, Derby still have the experienced Curtis Davies, Brighton loanee Matt Clarke and former Arsenal loanee Krystian Bielik to choose from. Yet, if they were planning to renew their interest in Preston North End’s Ben Davies one year after their initial interest emerged, Derby could find that the 24-year-old is no longer within their budget.

According to the Sun (23 September 2018, page 61), Derby were keen to sign one of the most underrated centre-halves in the Championship.

Preston North End's Ben Davies during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale on April 27, 2019 in Preston, England.

These days, after helping to turn Alex Neil’s free-flowing Preston side into genuine promotion contenders, Davies has admirers from higher up the footballing pyramid these days.

The Sun claims that Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion are all interested in Davies these days, with the classy 24-year-old rated at £10 million these days.

That is a lot more than he would have cost Derby a year ago.

Ben Davies of Preston North End in action with David Nugent of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on August...

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