Neil Lennon hopes to bring Villa Park duo to Parkhead.
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Aston Villa’s axed skipper Richard Dunne is wanted by Scottish giants Celtic – in a double deal with team-mate Stephen Ireland.
Dunne has been squeezed out by Villa chief Gerard Houllier and is free to move if the right offer comes in, with Neil Lennon desperate to take him to Parkhead.
The Republic of Ireland defender is exactly the type of no-nonsense player Lennon needs for his back line as he tries to battle Rangers for the SPL title.
Celtic are also prepared to pay a huge chunk of Dunne’s massive Villa wages for a loan – and they have also been negotiating for midfield mate Ireland to come to Glasgow on a similar basis.
It would be Lennon’s biggest coup if he could land the out-of-favour pair and Villa are happy to let the deals happen if the terms are right as it reduces their wage bill.
Villa are still holding out for a sale on Ireland, whose deadline move from Manchester City has turned out to be a flop. However Dunne can go on loan immediately.
Celtic are hoping on a quick answer from Dunne, ideally before their Old Firm clash with Rangers on Sunday – with Lennon keen to pull off a morale-boosting capture. (Daily Mirror)
Given the fact that Rangers have the upper hand over their Glasgow rivals a move for this experienced Premier League pair could well be just what the doctor ordered but can Neil Lennon manage to get both players to make the move to Parkhead?
Richard Dunne at 31 may be more than willing to exchange a seat on the Villa Park bench, after finding himself falling down the pecking order under new boss Gerard Houllier, for a place in the first team line up at Celtic but Stephen Ireland may be less keen on such a move.
The 24 year old Cork born midfielder has been linked with a move to the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool and may stick it out in the hope of a move that keeps him in the Premier League however in the short term he may be open to the chance of a loan move to the SPL club in order to prove to potential suitors what he is capable of.
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