Arsenal Prepare Championship Swoop Following Stalling Of Phil Jagielka Deal

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Arsenal are lining up a £6million move for Birmingham City defender Scott Dann after talks over a £13million deal for Everton’s Phil Jagielka have stalled.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger refuses to budge on price for the Goodison Park centre-back and will look at other options.

He has identified Dann as his next priority but will face competition from Liverpool for his signature.

The 24-year-old has only one-year left on his contract and cash-strapped Birmingham are willing to listen to offers for any of their stars.

Dann has impressed during his time in the Premier League and was absent for much of the Blues relegation season last year.

Wenger had hoped to have had a deal for a centre-back agreed along time ago but has been put off by astronomical valuations.

Arsenal had a bid accepted for Blackburn’s Phil Jones, but the teenage decided on a move to Manchester United.

Jones’ former team-mate Christopher Samba and Bolton’s Gary Cahill are both targets but the £15million and £17million price tags were deemed too high by Wenger.

The Frenchman has had two bids of £10million and £13million rejected by Everton for Jagielka, who value the 28-year-old at closer to £20million.

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