Gunners 'will watch' Blues defender - bid expected next week - reports

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Arsenal are to dispatch scouts this weekend to watch defender Scott Dann ahead of a potential bid early next week, according to Sky Sports News.

The TV channel claims that the Gunners will turn their attentions to the Birmingham City centre back if they fail to agree a fee with Everton for England international Phil Jagielka.

With the two parties yet to agree on their valuations for the player, Arsene Wenger is thought to be ready to look at other transfer options in the position, with Dann one of those on the Arsenal radar.

Sky Sports went on to claim that the scouts will be looking to see if Dann has fully recoved from a hamstring injury picked up in January, and if the news is positive then Arsenal will look to make an offer before the start of the Barclays Premier League season in 11 days.

The Frenchman is keen to strengthen his defence for the coming campaign after a string of injuries in the position cost Arsenal a chance at trophies last season, and the issue again showed itself to be a problem during last weekend's Emirates Cup competition.

Dann himself admitted yesterday that, whilst he's happy to continue playing at St. Andrew's, he's ambitious enough to want to play in the Barclays Premier League again.


"Obviously I'm an ambitious person and I want to play at the top level. Everyone who knows me knows that," he told the same station.

Arsenal aren't the only club keen on signing the player though, with Liverpool and Stoke City also thought to be keen on the former Coventry City star.

It's thought that Arsenal would have to pay in the region of £10 million to bring the player to the Emirates.

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