Liverpool are set to trump Arsenal in the pursuit of Birmingham defender Scott Dann, it has been claimed.
According to Metro, the Reds will table an offer of £8 million for the 24-year-old, who as also been identified as a potential summer acquisition for the Gunners.
Liverpool have so far neglected to reinforce their defence during the transfer window, with close to £50 million instead spent to bring the likes of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing to Anfield.
But Kenny Dalglish is thought to be keen to bolster his back-line, and any potential moves have been hastened by Liverpool's defensive frailties during pre-season - with 15 goals conceded in six matches.
Injuries to Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel have also provided the Liverpool boss with food for thought, and Dann appears to have been earmarked as a worthy addition.
Arsenal have also been heavily linked with the Liverpool native as Arsene Wenger attempts to bring a centre-back with Barclays Premier League experience to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are also chasing Everton's Phil Jagielka and have been credited with interest in Gary Cahill of Bolton.
Arsenal have already had an offer for Jagielka rejected, while the signing of another defender could take on greater importance after Thomas Vermaelen limped out of last weekend's friendly with Benfica.