Arsenal and Liverpool could be set to go head to head for the signature of Birmingham defender Scott Dann.
Arsenal assistant manager Pat Rice and chief scout Steve Rowley watched Birmingham centre half Scott Dann play in a friendly match against Tottenham.
The 24-year-old stopper is also a target for Liverpool, who according to several reports yesterday agreed an £8m fee for the Birmingham centre-back.
But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could step up his interest in Dann after Thomas Vermaelen was injured in the North London club’s friendly 2-1 defeat to Benfica on Saturday.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has also grown concerned with his backline, after his side shelled 15 goals in 6 games during pre-season.
Birmingham’s financial state is uncertain after owner Carson Yeung had his assets seized last month.
There is speculation that the Midlands outfit could be in financial danger if they don’t sell players soon, with Dann ready to be let go to the highest bidder.
Arsenal and Liverpool still remain interested in Bolton’s Gary Cahill, having watched him in action last Friday.