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Sunderland step up interest in Dann

Scott Dann looks as if he will become the third Birmingham player to join Sunderland this summer after it emerged that former Blues manager Steve Bruce is thinking about bidding for the 24-year-old defender.

Craig Gardner and Sebastian Larsson have already made the switch from the recently relegated midlands side to the Stadium of Light and it now appears that Dann could follow the pair if Sunderland are willing to meet Birmingham’s £10 million asking price.

After beating Arsenal in the Carling Cup final back in April the sky fell in on Birmingham’s season and they were relegated on the final day of the season. A mass exodus of first-team players and the loss of manager Alex McLeish to neighbours Aston Villa has rubbed further salt into the wounds.

Villa and Birmingham still have to reach an agreement over compensation for McLeish. However, it looks like more bad news for the Blues with Villa set to pay less than the £5.4 million originally demanded by Birmingham.

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