With Newcastle having six capable central defenders in the ranks, it seems highly unlikely that they would pursue one this January. However, that may not be the case in the summer.
Federico Fernandez will be out of contract, and there have been no talks of him signing an extension. Ciaran Clark will have just one year left on his deal and there, likewise, has been no signs of an extension on the horizon for the 30-year-old.
This past summer, Newcastle were linked with Preston North End’s Ben Davies. There had been no follow up reports of Newcastle’s interest since the initial report in July.
Ben Davies– Is Steve Bruce after this defender?
The Sun have a new report on the 24-year-old which says Newcastle still maintain an interest in Davies.
The latest article reports that Brighton are lining up a £10m bid in January but stresses that Newcastle, Wolves, and Everton still have an interest in Preston defender.
In July, the Sun reported that Steve Bruce rated Davies from when he coached in the Championship. It was a cause for concern for some Preston fans.
I don't wanna bring bad news at this late stage of the night but…
Please God no.https://t.co/c41j16JD3D
— Deepdale Digest (@DeepdaleDigest) July 20, 2019
Davies has risen through all levels of the Preston Academy where he joined in 2013. He was initially a left-back. Two years he ago he moved to center-back and has excelled at the Championship level.
Last season he made 41 appearances in total. This term he has followed that up by playing every minute in the league so far. It has been an impressive start for Preston. They are currently third in the Championship just one point behind both West Brom and Nottingham Forest with a superior goal difference.
We doubt Newcastle would try to bring Davies in this winter. However, if he remains at Preston next summer, he may be a suitable replacement for Fernandez.