McLeish targets Dann deal
Skysports.com understands Alex McLeish has made Birmingham defender Scott Dann his top target at Aston Villa.
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Last Updated: 16/06/11 3:33pm
Skysports.com understands Alex McLeish has made Birmingham defender Scott Dann his top target when he takes charge at Aston Villa.
McLeish is expected to seal his shock switch to Villa in the next 24 hours after quitting Blues last weekend and he is looking to bring Dann to Villa Park with him.
Dann is expected to leave St Andrews this summer following their relegation and a number of Premier League sides are battling it out for Birmingham's biggest asset.
McLeish is a huge fan of Dann having paid a then club-record fee to sign the player from Coventry in the summer of 2009.
The 24-year-old has proved to be a massive success at St Andrews and he has established himself as one of the best young defenders in the country.
Premier League giants Liverpool and Arsenal are both thought to be preparing moves for Dann as they look to bolster their defensive options.
However, McLeish is looking to steal a march on his rivals by pushing through a deal to take Dann to Villa Park.
McLeish is believed to have brought up the signing of Dann during his discussions with Villa owner Randy Lerner over the managerial position and the American is ready to sanction a move for the highly-rated central defender.
Landing Dann would be massive coup for McLeish as he looks to impose his own style on the Villa side and would be a signal of his intention as he looks to win over any disgruntled Villa fans.