Speculation linking Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson with a summer move to Liverpool continues to grow.
The Daily Mail reports that 27-year-old Johnson will be the subject of a summer bid from the Merseysiders who are looking to add to their central defensive options.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has earmarked the Blues centre half, who was recently called up to the provisional England squad, as the man that he wants to bring to Anfield as he looks to maintain a strong English influence in his Reds team.
Birmingham travel to Anfield this weekend for Saturday's Barclays Premier League encounter, giving Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli a chance to look at the prospective target at closer quarters.
Johnson moved to St Andrew's in 2009 in a £5million deal from Cardiff City, and has enjoyed relative success in his two seasons under Alex McLeish.
After the elation of lifting the Carling Cup in February, Birmingham's league form has taken a dip, and the Midlands club now find themselves embroiled in a relegation dogfight.
Johnson has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool, or discuss whether or not he will be signing a new contract with the Blues until after their top-flight safety is secured.
But with only a year to run on his existing deal, it is no wonder that Johnson's future has been heavily talked about.
Dalglish is hoping Liverpool can be the main beneficiaries of landing him in a cut-price deal, or else Birmingham risk losing him to the Reds on a Bosman free next year.
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