Preston North End accept Liverpool's bid for Ben Davies with Sepp van den Berg set to to come to Deepdale in exchange

Preston North End centre-half Ben Davies is set to sign for Liverpool on transfer deadline day.

Sunday, 31st January 2021, 8:19 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st January 2021, 8:38 pm

The Lilywhites have accepted a bid in the region of £2m from the reigning Premier League champions and the 25-year-old will undergo a medical on Merseyside on Monday.

Inserted in the deal is a sell-on clause entitling North End to a percentage of any future fee should Liverpool sell Davies.

North End will take Liverpool's 19-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg on loan for the rest of the season as part of the deal.

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Preston North End defender Ben Davies

However, they are also looking to bring in another centre-half before Monday night's deadline to ensure they have enough options to get through the season.

With Davies leaving, it would have left them with just Paul Huntington and Jordan Storey for the centre-half roles.

Cedric Kipre has been touted as one of the defensive targets to bring in, West Bromwich Albion's Kipre the subject of a a loan bid from PNE earlier in the month.

Van den Berg was a £1.3m signing from Dutch club PEC Zwolle in June 2019, with the teenager having played three times in Liverpool's first-team.

PNE defender Ben Davies in action against Liverpool at Deepdale in a pre-season friendly in July 2014

They were looking to loan him out in January, with North End having discussed a deal for him before Liverpool showed their interest in Davies.

Davies has made 145 appearances in a Preston shirt and his PNE finale looks to have been Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

He joined North End when at primary school and came through the ranks, making his first-team debut at the age of 17 in January 2013.

The Barrow-born player is an example of how the loan system can work for a young player.

Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg is set to join PNE on loan as part of the deal which takes Ben Davies to Anfield

Davies played a total of 104 games in loan spell with York City, Tranmere Rovers, Southport, Newport County and Fleetwood Town.

Only in August 2017 after Alex Neil's appointment did he establish himself fully in the PNE squad.

Celtic had been chasing Davies and last week it was reported that he had signed a pre-contract agreement which would have seen him move to Parkhead on a Bosman in July.

However, the fact that he going to sign for Liverpool points to the fact he never got as far as putting pen to paper with the Glasgow club.

Davies is in the final five months of his contract at PNE.

As well as the deal with Liverpool, North End want to do more business on Monday ahead of the deadline.

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