Liverpool are now favourites to sign Birmingham centre-back Scott Dann.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish allowed experience defender Soto Kyrgiakos to leave for Wolfsburg yesterday, sparking speculation that a deal for Dann was close.
Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with a move for the Liverpool-born player, but he has his heart set on a switch to Anfield.
Dann was a boyhood Reds fan and he appears he is in line for an £8m dream move back to his native Merseyside.
Dalglish is keen to bolster his backline before the transfer window shuts next Wednesday and is has already held successful preliminary talks with Birmingham regarding the 24-year-old.
The Scotsman hopes to tie up deal in time to hand Dann his debut against Bolton at Anfield on Saturday.
The former Coventry man would become Liverpool’s sixth summer signing as part of a £120m recruitment drive this year.