Preston North End are set to open talks with Daniel Johnson and Ben Davies over new contracts with the club, after holding off interest in the duo during the summer transfer window, a report from the Lancashire Evening Post has claimed.
Attacking midfielder Johnson was the subject of a £1.5million bid from Rangers, while Bournemouth reportedly offered £3million for centre back Davies, who apparently also attracted interest from Sheffield United, West Ham and Celtic.
Ultimately no move for either of the pair materialised, but with both out of contract at the end of the season, the pressure is on North End to secure their futures at the club, and it seems they are taking steps to do that.
According to the latest reports, Preston are now set to open talks with both Johnson and Davies in another attempt to secure their long-term futures at Deepdale.
It is also thought that talks will be held over new deals with central midfield duo Alan Browne and Ben Pearson, who are both also out of contract at the end of the current season.
As things stand, Preston are currently 14th in the Championship table, with four points from four games, having picked up their first league win of the season with a 4-2 win at Brentford last time out.
This would be a really good quartet of deals for Preston to get done.
Given the level of interest there was in Johnson and Davies over the summer, it would be a huge statement of intent from the Lancashire club if they were to retain the duo long term.
Combined with Browne and Pearson, Johnson and Davies make up a key spine of Alex Neil’s side, so securing them on new deals would surely be a big boost for them on the pitch as well, so they will no doubt be desperate to get this sorted as soon as possible.