Chase on for in-demand Dann
Skysports.com understands a host of clubs are ready to pounce for Birmingham's Scott Dann.
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo
Last Updated: 23/05/11 4:46pm
Skysports.com understands a host of clubs are ready to pounce for Scott Dann in the wake of Birmingham's relegation.
Dann's presence was sorely missed in the Blues defence as they suffered relegation on 'Survival Sunday' after losing 2-1 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
The highly-rated 24-year-old has not figured since tearing his hamstring during the Carling Cup semi-final clash with West Ham in early January.
Many pundits have suggested his enforced absence has been the contributing factor to Birmingham's demise from the Premier League with defensive partner Roger Johnson looking less assured without Dann alongside him.
In the 18 Premier League games without Dann, Birmingham have conceded almost 50 per cent more goals per game than when the talented central defender has started.
Birmingham are expected to lose a number of key stars in the wake of their relegation and Dann is set to be the most sought-after player at St Andrew's.
Dann, who been likened to Alan Hansen and Tony Adams, is in-demand from the Premier League's big guns because of his ability to bring the ball out of defence and his displays for Birmingham have earned him a reputation as one of the best young defenders in the country.
Liverpool have held a long-term interest in Dann and the defender is thought to be high on the list of Kenny Dalglish's summer transfer targets.
However, a number of the other top-six clubs in England are thought to be weighing up moves for the cultured stopper as he would be a better value for money option than several other defensive targets.