Anfield boss looks to beef up faulty back-line.
Liverpool are keeping a very close eye on the financial situation at Birmingham City at the moment and will decide in the next week whether to make a tempting offer to the midlands club for defender Scott Dann.
The 24 year old has been a reported target of both Liverpool and Arsenal however the North London club do seem much more interested in Everton’s Phil Jagielka. Birmingham City’s owner, Carston Yeung has recently had his assets seized and there is talk that Birmingham could struggle in the transfer market and the Championship unless they sell players soon to re-build the squad.
That could mean a cut price deal for the Liverpool target who were at first told it would cost at least £12m to take him to Anfield. Liverpool did make enquiries regarding an offer around £9m though this was quickly rebuffed by Chris Hughton’s side although now their circumstances have changed, a figure nearer Liverpool’s valuation seems much more likely.
Having seen his side concede a fair few goals in pre-season, an incredible 12 in four matches thus far, Kenny Dalglish is understandably looking to beef up his back line and a move to sign Birmingham City centre back Scott Dann may well be the ideal solution to this defensive crisis.
The Liverpool born defender was a rock at the heart of the St Andrews’ back four and it is worth noting that last term when he was sidelined with injury in January Birmingham City were by no means in trouble but the loss of the 24 year old, and in particular his partnership with Roger Johnson (who has now left to join Wolves) seriously affected Alex McLeish’s season and in the end the Midlands side were relegated.
It is worth noting that the previous campaign, with Dann and Johnson in top form, Birmingham City finished ninth and the club conceded just 47 goals, including just 13 at home. This is perhaps the reason that Dalglish has earmarked a move for the former Coventry City man.
Liverpool’s centre back options are threadbare to say the least. Veterans Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos are clearly in the autumn of their careers, Daniel Agger is injury prone and whilst Martin Skrtel is a consistent presence at the heart of the Anfield defence but is also fighting to be fit for the new season having missed the entire pre-season with a calf injury. The club does have youngsters Danny Wilson and Daniel Ayala but clearly neither is ready for regular Premier League action.
Dann is an uncompromising force and a consistent, if not spectacular, signing who could well grow at a big club and Birmingham City’s financial worries mean that any decent offer is likely to be accepted.