Good bit of business
Aston Villa have agreed a £6 million fee with Manchester City for Republic of Ireland centre-back Richard Dunne, according to reports in The Daily Mail.
The City skipper would appear to be on the fringes of the team following the arrival of Joleon Lescott and is seeking a move away from Eastlands in search of first team football. (Goal.com)
It appears that Martin O’Neill has been in bargain hunting mood today and according to many sources has secured the services of two vastly experienced centre backs.
With the spectre of the retirement of Martin Laursen not suitably extinguished the captures of Richard Dunne and according to other reports Portsmouth‘s Sylvain Distin. Both players are the wrong side of 29 but appear to have a few years in the tank. Distin is super fit and has barely missed a game in the last few years.
Man City centre back Dunne was always going to be heading for the exit as the likes of Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott arrived. He is pretty dependable but prone to the occasional lapse in concentration. The fee for the pair is supposedly around £9m which would represent real value.