Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson is Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish's number one central defensive target this summer according to the Metro.
The highly rated 28-year-old star has capped an impressive season for the Blues, helping them to lift the Carling Cup, in addition to securing their top-flight status in the Barclays Premier League for another year at least.
The commanding stopper has attracted the attention of a number of potential suitors, with Liverpool themselves, linked with a move for Johnson in the January transfer window.
Dalglish's determination to bring Johnson to Anfield in the summer has put the Reds in pole position to complete the signing in June.
Johnson has played a pivotal part in the Blues' season, making Alex McLeish's decision to delay talks over a new contract all the more bizarre – especially now that he looks set to abort St Andrews in favor of pastures new upon Merseyside.
After today's announcement that 'King' Kenny has committed his future to Liverpool, signing a three-year deal with the club. Reds owners Fenway Sports Group are now ready to hand Dalglish a sizeable summer transfer budget.
The first task is to rebuild the defence at Anfield, with Johnson said to top the list of potential targets.
However, Liverpool could face competition for his signature with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also said to be a big admirer of Johnson's undoubted talent.
He is also in the market for defensive cover and if required will be prepared to go head to head with Liverpool to get their man, so a bidding war between the two clubs may well ensue.