PRESTON have turned down a bid from Cherries for defender Ben Davies, according to reports.

Various outlets have claimed the Lancashire club have knocked back an offer for the left-footed centre-back.

The Sunday Mirror claims the bid was worth £5million, but LancsLive believe the offer to be nearer £3million.

The Daily Echo understands Davies is of interest to Cherries, but no deal is imminent.

Davies, 25, came through the youth ranks at Preston and has made more than 100 first-team appearances for the club, including Saturday's Championship defeat to Swansea City.

Preston are said to want around £10million for Davies, who has just one year remaining on his contract at Deepdale.

Asked today if he was close to making his first signing as Cherries boss, Tindall told the Daily Echo: "We’re not close to bringing anyone in and we’re certainly not going to rush anything.

"I think the most important thing for us is to make sure that when we do sign a player, it’s the right player and that’s what we’re aiming to do.

"As and when, or if, that happens then I’m sure you guys will probably be one of the first to find out."

Discussing transfer speculation surrounding his players, Lilywhites boss Alex Neil said: "We have currently got too many unanswered situations at the moment - we have key players out of contract.

"We've currently got teams showing interest in some of our players too which unsettles things.

"So, I think just clarity - and I'm not sure how that clarity comes along - but the sooner we get that we then know exactly where we are, what we are trying to do and it makes it easier for everyone.

"At the moment, there's so many unanswered questions and it can be quite unsettling - not only for the players involved but others as well.

"If other teams are going to come in and try to take them away, then come in and make a proper offer and let's see where we are."