Celtic are closing in on a pre-contract deal for Preston defender Ben Davies.

The centre-half has been tracked by the Hoops for a number of months and is now in discussions with the club.

It is believed he will put pen to paper on a pre-contract deal but both clubs could look to do a deal to push a move this month as opposed to the Celts having to wait until the summer.

Davies, 25, is a central defender who can also play left-back and he was subject of a bid from Bournemouth last summer which was booted into touch by Alex Neil's side.

Premier League side Sheffield Utd have also been credited with an interest, but Herald and Times Sport understands Celtic have stole a march on the player.

We told recently how Rangers confirmed they were not interested in Davies, despite reported interest in the player.

Neil Lennon today revealed the club are closing in on new signings.