Liverpool are being linked with an £8 million summer move for Birmingham defender Scott Dann.
The highly-rated centre back is thought to be one of a number of players heading for an exit at St Andrew's following the club's relegation from the Barclays Premier League, although manager Alex McLeish is hoping to keep as many senior players as possible for the Npower Championship challenge next season.
Reports in the Daily Star claim Liverpool are preparing an offer to bring the 24-year-old to Anfield, with Kenny Dalglish looking to strengthen in the defensive area ahead of next season's tilt at a return to the top four.
The Merseysiders were linked with a move for the former Coventry City earlier in the season, with the former England U21 international following up a fine debut season with more comprehensive displays in the top flight.
Born in Liverpool, Dann is also a fan of the Merseysiders and would find it difficult to reject a move to his beloved club should an offer be place on the table.
Given the demise of the Blues, it's thought that £8 million would now be enough to bring the player to Anfield, with January valuations in the region of £12 million no longer an option for the St Andrew's outfit should Liverpool make an offer.
Dalglish has been linked with a host of defenders in recent weeks, and is set for a busy summer as the club chase winger, attacking midfielder and striker targets with the backing of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group.
A defender is thought to be the main priority for the Reds though, and whilst a host of left backs have been linked, a centre back could be a shrewd move by Dalglish as Liverpool look to find a long-term replacement for Jamie Carragher.
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