Scott Dann
Arsenal's Abou Diaby challenges Birmingham City's Scott Dann during their English Premier League match in London. REUTERS

Liverpool are poised to move for Birmingham defender Scott Dann, after Kenny Dalglish's side conceded 15 goals in six pre-season friendlies.

The Liverpool manager is eager to bring in defensive cover with on-going fitness concerns over defenders Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.

Dann, 24, had been linked with Arsenal earlier this summer but Dalglish is prepared to make the £8m-rated centre-back his fourth summer signing, following the arrivals of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing.

Liverpool boast a wealth of talent in central midfield and Dalglish is keen to offload a number of fringe players before the transfer window shuts at the end of August.

Alberto Aquilani has been strongly linked with a move to AC Milan this summer but the player's agent, Franco Zavaglia, says Liverpool are yet to receive an offer from the Serie A side.

"At the moment Milan haven't made a move," Zavaglia told

"There have been Galliani's words, but no other signals."

But Zavaglia remains confident a move could be finalised before the end of August.

"I'm not saying what type of offer my client can get from Milan, whether it is a loan deal or a permanent move. We will wait."

However, Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen is prepared to fight for his place in the side next season, despite the competition for places in central midfield.

"Of course I want to play more," Poulsen told Sky Sports News.

"I'm happy now with my family [in Liverpool] and I think it's a really good club who have treated me really well.

"I hope I can change my situation so I can play more."

Meanwhile, Stewart Downing has revealed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was a key influence behind his move to Merseyside.

"The British nucleus at Anfield was an attraction to me," Downing told the Daily Star.

"If you have a mixture of the foreign lads and the British, then it is a good mix, I think.

"I knew Steven [Gerrard] and Carra [Jamie Carragher] before I came and they said, 'Good atmosphere, great set of lads, we work very hard.' The manager is demanding, and that is something I wanted to sample."