Big guns trail defender Dann

Stoke have made a bid for the highly-rated centre-back which

Birmingham are believed to have accepted, but the player is holding

out to see what comes of Chelsea and Arsenal’s interest. Chelsea

boss Andre Villas-Boas has identified a new defender as one of his

top transfer targets and he is thought to be keen on landing a

British centre-half. Bolton defender Gary Cahill has been mentioned

as a possible target, but Dann is believed to be Villas-Boas’

preferred choice. Dann has established himself as one of the best

young defenders in the country during the last two seasons and his

absence from the heart of the Birmingham defence for the second

half of last season through injury contributed to the club’s

eventual relegation. The 24-year-old is keen to stay in the Premier

League and Birmingham are resigned to losing their prized asset

this summer. A host of clubs have been credited with an interest in

6ft 5in defender Dann with Liverpool and Aston Villa also

interested. However, it appears Chelsea and Arsenal are ready to go

head-to-head for the former Coventry man. Arsenal manager Arsene

Wenger has made a new central defender one of his top priorities

and Dann is thought to figure highly on his wanted list. Wenger is

ready to firm up his interest in the accomplished central defender

as he looks to add a dominant defender to his ranks.