Birmingham City and Aston Villa are in advanced talks over a deal that would see Curtis Davies, the out-of-favour central defender at Villa Park make the move to St Andrews for a fee of £1.5m and Birmingham’s Swedish international midfielder Sebastian Larsson move in the opposite direction.
Davies, now 25, was an £8m signing for Martin O’Neill in 2008, when he made a loan move from West Bromwich Albion permanent.
However, a succession of injuries and the signings of Richard Dunne and James Collins in 2009, have seen Davies struggle to get first-team football at Villa Park, and he has recently spent three months on loan at Championship Leicester City.
Now he may be ready to follow in the footsteps of Villa old-boys Liam Ridgewell and Craig Gardner and make the move to the League Cup finalists.
Alex McLeish is in the market for a new centre-half to partner Roger Johnson following the injury which has curtailed the season of Scott Dann.
McLeish prefers to have the left-footed Ridgewell play as an orthodox left-back, and is still uncertain over the Czech international Martin Jiranek, and is therefore keen on Davies, who prior to his injury worries was on the verge of a call-up to the England squad.
And it appears that the former Rangers and Scotland manager is ready to part with the talented midfielder Larsson to get his man.
Larsson, 25, has been at St Andrews since making the move from Arsenal in 2006, but is out of contract in the summer.
The 27-cap Swede has rejected a number of contract offers at Birmingham over the course of the last 12 months, as he looks to improve upon his £25k per week wages, and has also handed in a transfer request to the Blues hierarchy.
McLeish is a big admirer of his number seven, and would like him to stay at the club, but after signing David Bentley on-loan from Spurs until the end of the season, is willing to part with Larsson to ensure he gets Davies.
If Larsson fails to agree personal terms at Villa Park, then Blues will offer their bitter rivals a straight £3.5m deal for the defender.
Blues boss McLeish is keen to get Davies on board to partner Johnson in defence in the FA Cup fourth round tie with Coventry City on Saturday.
Update: Davies has made the move to Birmingham for a fee of £3.5m after Larsson failed to agree terms at Villa – He wanted assurances over playing time.