Defender Ben Davies decided to snub Celtic at the last minutes due to a clause inserted in his pre-contract agreement.
Neil Lennon‘s side were in pole position going into the final days of the window according to the Sunday Mirror, with the Preston defender set for a switch to Glasgow’s east end on July 1 with his Deepdale deal ending in the summer.
However, they report that Celtic inserted a clause requiring the 25-year-old to be injury-free and fit to play when reporting for duty which sparked the collapse of the deal.
It is claimed that the clause made Davies ‘waver’ on his decision before Liverpool swooped for the centre-back in a £1.6million move.
Lennon claimed on deadline day that Liverpool had stepped in to “gazump” the Premiership champions in their search for a centre-back.
However, Preston boss Alex Neil noted that it would have taken a “substantial” fee for Celtic to bring Davies to the club early with a pre-contract in the works.
Davies has yet to make an appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side with midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson preferred as the central defensive partnership at Anfield.