Brighton lead way for PNE defender

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Brighton are in pole position to sign highly-rated defender Ben Davies from Preston despite competition from some of their Premier League rivals.

Brighton are in pole position to sign highly-rated defender Ben Davies from Preston despite competition from some of their Premier League rivals.

Albion brought in centre-half Adam Webster from Bristol City in the summer but it seems as if manager Graham Potter remains keen to boost his options in the heart of defence further in the January transfer window.

Preston defender Davies has emerged as a target, and reports claim the Seagulls are leading the race for the highly-rated 24-year-old.

Davies came through the Deepdale academy and made his debut in 2013 at the age of 17 but his breakthrough campaign came in the 2017-18 season, following loan spells at York, Tranmere Rovers, Southport, Newport County and Fleetwood Town.

The defender managed 41 appearances in all competitions last season and was linked with a move away from Preston over the summer but the Championship club managed to keep hold.

It has been suggested North End would be willing to consider offers in the region of £10million for Davies and Brighton are believed to be the leading contenders to secure a deal – but they are likely to face competition.

Newcastle were linked with Davies during the summer and could reignite their interest in the winter window. Fellow Premier League sides Everton and Wolves have also been suggested as possible suitors and there may be a few more names in the frame if the Preston star can impress in the months ahead in the build-up to January.

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Potter is likely to be on the hunt for further additions in the January window and he could be tempted to pursue a permanent deal for midfielder Aaron Mooy, who is currently on loan at the club from Championship strugglers Huddersfield.

Mooy has managed five Premier League appearances for Brighton so far this season and produced arguably his best display for the club so far in the 3-0 win over Tottenham last time out.

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