Arsenal Beat Liverpool To The Punch And Enter Into Talks With £8m Defender

Emirates club on verge of finally getting centre-back.

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Arsenal have entered into negotiations with Birmingham City defender Scott Dann over a proposed £8million move.

The 24-year-old has been attracting interest from a number of clubs, notably Liverpool and Stoke City, but the chance to play Champions League football was too good to turn down.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been searching all summer for a centre-back with Premier League experience and finally looks to have got his man.

Wenger has made offers for Christopher Samba, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka but has baulked at the over-inflated prices.

Birmingham are having financial problems and have put their entire first-team up for sale, with many members of the Carling Cup winning team already gone from St Andrew’s.

The Blues were relegated to the Championship last season but Dann was injured for a large chunk of the campaign.

Wenger hopes to have the deal signed by this weekend with talks currently ongoing and only the medical left to complete.

Arsenal have many well-documented defensive problems, but also have a injury concerns with Kieran Gibbs, Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny all doubts for the season opener against Newcastle.

Meanwhile, captain Cesc Fabregas and midfielder Samir Nasri are set to leave the club, with Barcelona and Manchester City respectively close to agreeing deals.

Wenger has already identified Juan Mata and Eden Hazard as their replacements and hops to have the £45million swoop sorted out by the August 31 deadline.

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