Sunderland offering player-plus-cash deal for Blackburn star
Reports are suggesting that Blackburn star, Scott Dann, could be disgruntled and seeking a move away from Ewood Park if Christopher Samba is sold this month.
As a result, Martin O’Neill could be looking to beef up his defence and offer an escape route to the former Birmingham talent.
It’s believed that Dann had a clause in his Rovers contract before signing in the summer that would allow him to leave the side if Samba were sold before the summer of 2012.
Dann came to the relegation-threatened club over the summer in the hopes of preserving his Premier League career after Birmingham City were relegated at the end of the 2010-11 campaign.
To worsen matters, Samba’s departure is looking almost imminent after the Congolese international handed in a transfer request.
Arsenal and Tottenham are the forerunners to sign the 27 year-old at the moment and Dann’s exit could follow swiftly if his centre-back partner leaves.
Martin O’Neill’s deal is at least slightly sweetened in the fact that he is believed to be offering Titus Bramble in part exchange for the defender.
Bramble is a proven Premier League defender, spending lengthy periods of his career at Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic, and while his signature won’t seal the deal for Steve Kean, the added £4.5m cash payment might.
Blackburn paid around £6m for their central defender in 2011 and will be hoping to gain at least that amount back if they were to sell Dann, however his departure may not be completely their choice depending on contract clauses.