Liverpool target Roger Johnson has been told by Birmingham City officials he will leave St Andrews this summer reports

The 28-year-old central defender has been heavily linked with a move away following the Blues' relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

With Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish keen to strengthen his defensive line ahead of the new season, Johnson has been earmarked as a potential acquisition.

Having lost out on the signature of highly rated England U21 international Phil Jones, who opted for a move to Old Trafford over Anfield.

Dalglish has now turned his attention to Johnson, who has been an ever-present for Birmingham over the past two seasons.


With Liverpool also reportedly interested in Johnson's defensive partner Scott Dann, the Reds may opt to move for both players as Anfield owners Fenway Sports Group look set for another busy summer in the transfer market.

Johnson's agent Paul Smith, is of the opinion it is not a case of if, but when his client will leave the Blues this summer, and doesn't expect Liverpool to be the only club making an offer.

"Without breaching any confidences I've had a call from Birmingham to declare that they would have to let him go," he said in an interview with talkSPORT.

"And at 28-years-old and having played every game in the Premier League for two seasons running he is in demand for sure. It's just a matter of who he goes to I think.

"The player is one of those who gives his all and having met the manager it was pretty obvious that he knew the player needed to stay at that level and they need to raise funds.

"I think it is [a financial decision]. For them to declare it they are obviously weighing up who it will be better to let go and strategically how they're going to plan to get back.

"They felt that they would have to trade him to get others in."

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