Birmingham braced for double defender swoop
Published 23:00 26/05/11 By John Cross & David Anderson
Birmingham face losing BOTH their first-choice centre-halves as the Premier League vultures circle the relegated club.
Liverpool are chasing Scott Dann, 24, who could be available for around £10million following City's drop into the Championship, and Sunderland fancy his defensive partner Roger Johnson - especially as he could be available for just £4m.
Blues may have to trim their wage bill now they are back in the Championship, and on top of the potential Dann and Johnson deals Tottenham and West Brom are also keeping tabs on their England keeper Ben Foster.
It would be a huge blow to Blues boss Alex McLeish to lose the defensive cornerstones of his team, especially after being left under no illusion by ownership that he must get the club straight back up.
Scouser and boyhood Liverpool fan Dann missed much of the second half of the season through injury, and his absence was a major factor in Birmingham's problems.
He had formed a rock-solid partnership with Johnson and Liverpool believe Dann is better value at £10m than Bolton's Gary Cahill, who would cost around £17m.
Johnson pushed himself towards England contention last season before his form dipped after Dann's injury and Sunderland would be hoping to pull off a deal cheaper than Liverpool's for Dann.