Arsenal have opened preliminary talks with Birmingham City over the possible transfer of centre-back Scott Dann, according to Sky Sports.
After a summer of speculation linking the Gunners with ‘holy trinity’ Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka and Christopher Samba, it appears that the former England under-21 international is now very much on Arsene Wenger’s radar.
At 24-years-old, 6ft 2inches tall and with Premier League experience Dann certainly (on paper) has the qualities which Arsenal fans have demanded of a new defender.
Granted, he’s not yet played at the highest level or experienced Champions League football but given the nature of his potential signing he’d likely be blooded over the course of the season as back-up to Thomas Vermaelen, Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny.
His career history hints at a patient and determined character and one who has experienced and succeeded at every level he has played.
On the books with Walsall in 2004 he took in loan spells with Danish side Køge BK and non-league minnows Redditch United and Hednesford Town before returning for two years at the Bescot Stadium.
His performances in League One led to a move to Coventry City, with whom he was almost immediately made club captain, and just 18 months later a further switch to Birmingham City.
A fine first half of last season saw Dann firmly ensconced as a fan favourite at St Andrews with the defender marshalling the side to the Carling Cup final and into a seemingly safe position in the Premier Table. Alas, a hamstring injury sustained at the end of January saw Dann ruled out for four months, a period which correlated with a spectacular collapse by Alex McLeish’s team and their eventual relegation.
It remains to be seen whether Wenger does indeed try and seal a £6 million deal for Dann, but given the imminent exit of both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at least Arsenal fans can take heart from the fact he is still aware of a need to add to the defence as he gears up for a potentially hectic three weeks in the transfer window.