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Celtic miss out on Championship transfer target

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Celtic have missed out on signing Ben Pearson with the Preston midfielder finalising a move to Bournemouth.

Pearson has dropped out of the Preston team in recent weeks with manager Alex Neil admitting that he was preparing for life without the midfielder that started out at Manchester United before moving to Deepdale via a loan spell at Barnsley.

Celtic are expected to have a major overhaul in the summer with midfield a key area. Olivier Ntcham and Ryan Christie will have a year left on their contracts with Scott Brown turning 36 in June.

With over 150 appearances for Preston in the Championship Bournemouth are getting a midfielder ready made for their promotion push while Preston pick up a fee for a player who would have left as a free agent in the summer.

Celtic have emailed Preston to express their interest in defender Ben Davies who is also out of contract at the end of this season.

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