Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly set to battle it out for Birmingham defender Scott Dann.
According to skysports.com, the Barclays Premier League rivals had both been pursuing Blackburn's Phil Jones but, after being beaten to the 19-year-old by Manchester United, the duo will turn their attentions to £10 million-rated Dann.
It has been claimed the 24-year-old has his sights set on a return to the top-flight after being relegated with Birmingham on the final day of last season.
A lifelong Liverpool fan, Dann would relish the opportunity to seal a dream switch to Anfield, while Kenny Dalglish is known to be an admirer of the centre-back.
The Liverpool manager wants to bolster his defence during the transfer window and Dann would certainly provide stiff competition for Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel for a spot in Dalglish's starting back four.
Arsenal, however, reportedly remain hopeful they can convince Dann a move to the Emirates Stadium represents a better choice while, at 6"2, the Liverpudlian the type of imposing figure Arsene Wenger wants to sign this summer.
The Arsenal boss has recently conceded that size may indeed matter and he his desperate to reinforce his beleaguered defence with players who possess a greater aerial presence than the current Gunners crop.
With the return of Thomas Vermaelen after a serious Achilles injury, Arsenal are expected to draft in a central defender to partner the 25-year-old Belgian next season.
Gary Cahill - the much feted Bolton centre-half - has been linked with with a move to either Arsenal or Liverpool, while Paris Saint-Germain youngster Mamadou Sakho has also been tipped to move to the Emirates or Anfield.