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Sunderland target Dann

Black Cats keen to add Blackburn man to cover Brown injury

Scott Dann: Blackburn defender is the subject of interest from Premier League clubs

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Sky Sports sources understand Sunderland are lining up a move for Blackburn defender Scott Dann.

Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill is keen to improve his defensive options with key man Wes Brown facing an injury lay-off and has identified Dann as the man to fill the gap.

The 25-year-old centre-back has suffered back-to-back relegations with Birmingham and Blackburn but has maintained an impressive reputation and is keen to stay in the top flight.

Sunderland are willing to put together a bid of £5million for the Liverpool-born player but will face competition for his signature.

Norwich, Southampton and Newcastle are all believed to be prepared to offer the former England under-21 international another opportunity in the Premier League.

Dann has three years remaining on his contract at Ewood Park and Rovers will be looking to recoup the reported £6m fee they paid Birmingham back in August 2011.