Birmingham City defender Scott Dann has been at the heart of the Blues’ defence for the past two years, forming a formidable partnership with centre back partner Roger Johnson.
Their combination has been one of the reasons why St Andrews has had the reputation for being a bit of a fortress since the Midlands side’s return to the Barclays Premier League last season.
But with impressive performances comes increased speculation which has seen both stars linked with moves away from Birmingham.
Dann in particular has recently been rumoured to be attracting the interest of Liverpool – the club he supported as a boy and held a season ticket for in the famous Kop end.
With just eighteen months left on his current contract and no sign of Birmingham officials offering him an improved deal, the club may look to offload Dann this summer if Liverpool come calling, rather than lose him for nothing next year.
When recently questioned about rumours that both players were growing frustrated at a lack of movement on contract negotiations, as reported by the Metro, Birmingham manager Alex McLeish explained:
“I haven't seen Scott Dann for about three or four weeks because we've given him some time off to recuperate from his injury so he's in the sun somewhere.
“There's nothing in it. It's not the best time to talk about contracts and I think the players agree with that.
“I'm sure they'd love us to say 'here's another X amount per week and we'll sign you for another two years'. But it's not appropriate at this moment in time and the players accepted that. No unrest, absolutely not.”
The 23-year-old Liverpudlian’s tackling abilities and presence in the air make him the ideal central defender, who could command a transfer fee in the region of £10million.
And with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish in the market for defensive additions in the summer, there is a real chance that this promising player could return to Anfield.