Duff Trying To Get Dunne To Newcastle United

It looks like one of Newcastle’s top targets for the summer will be Richard Dunne, the Manchester City center-back and captain, who managed to get himself sent off in the disastrous 8-1 mauling at Middlesbrough on Sunday.


Richard Dunne – Newcastle target for the summer

That red card for Manchester City could well cost them a UEFA cup place, based on the fair play league.

It looks like Fulham, of all teams, may now qualify for Europe, despite having only just escaped relegation on Sunday.

We have several Ireland Internationals at the club including Given and Duff, and Duff is urging his 28 year-old Ireland teammate to join him at Newcastle United.

The Newcastle midfield player Duff said:

“I love Richie. He gets better all the time.”“I’d welcome him with open arms.”

Newcastle have already put in an offer of around £5M for Dunne, whose contract runs out next June, but Richard can also buy out his contract for around £1M.

That’s how we think we can get get Dunne, and that would be an excellent deal for Newcastle.

But we understand that Spurs are after Dunne too. How come they always seem to want the same players we go after?

If they beat us to Richard that would be tough to take after we have already missed out on Woodgate and Modric to the London club.

Arsenal may also be interested in Dunne.

Dunne has played 263 times for Man City and has scored 6 goals since making his debut in 2000.

Before that he had been at Everton since 1996, and played for them 60 times. He has played so far played 40 times for Ireland scoring 5 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • tapir

    May 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    How many red card did he get this season?

  • Nev

    May 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    yes please
    finally we are signing a CB with considerable prem experience! 10+ years!

  • Ant

    May 13, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t want him.

    Do SPurs have scouts or is that how they spend so much on transfers? They use their scouts wages on players and simply sign anyone the R-Squad acknowledges?

  • Punk Skunk

    May 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    spuds are heading for one, aren’t they?..
    …Could be the new leeds?..

    …I’m not keen either, he’s got experience, but is slow & £5m or whatever is wayyy too much!..

  • Leo

    May 13, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    just like Bill F i will adopt a chant,

    ooommmmm NO TO DUNNE

  • alex

    May 13, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    if he can buy out his own contract for £1 million why the hell have we put a bid of £5 million in for him?

  • tony burwood

    May 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7

    defo not good enough , to slow and not commanding enough

  • clinta

    May 13, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Well… now the press would have us believe Owens off to JEF Chiba in the J league now then, surely that would also be a bit of a pay cut ey???

  • Ant

    May 13, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    I am so sick of mediocrity!

    Why aren’t we setting our sights high?

    What happens when we set our sights high?

    Michael Owen – £17m
    Obafemi Martins – £10m
    Alan Shearer – £15m
    Albert Luque (was one of the finer strikers in the spanish league when we signed him, and in his first game made Ferdinand look amateur) – £10m

    We land big signings. I know Fat Fred has buggered off, but surely Keegan has pulling power, as well as Owen (any englishman would love to play with him) Martins/Geremi/Faye/Beye (would attract many africans)

    We can get so much better than a lot of us are predicting, and in some cases hoping!

    Come on, have you all forgotten Tino, Ginola, Prince Albert, Sir Les and the slightly forgotten Ruel Fox?

    Keegan knows his way round the transfer market.

    Taxi for Thierry!

  • clinta

    May 13, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    If we can buy out his contract for 1 m, that’s a good bit of business I think for an experienced defender, he might not alway start but he’d be great in the squad

    wonder how he gets on with joey these days though ey?

  • Kash2

    May 13, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    I was thinking about the players we could possibly sign now that the season is over. These are the players who I thought will become available and move on from there current clubs. These players would massively improve our squad.

    Dunne (Man city)
    Campbell (portsmouth)
    Riise (L’pool)
    Kapo (Brum)
    McFadden (Brum)
    Zarate (Brum)
    Barnes (derby)
    Shorey (reading)
    Diouf (bolton)
    Nolan (bolton)
    Ashton (West Ham)
    Lennon (Spurs)
    Huddlestone (spurs)

    We wouldn’t have to break the bank for all these players, and there wouldn’t be much acclimatising into the squad as they’ve all played in the EPL.

    What do you guys think?

  • apan

    May 13, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12

    we should spend more wisely like villa or everton, look at their squad, not really big superstar name but what they have done..brilliant

  • Kash2

    May 13, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    I will be very dissappointed if we went out and spent big money on players like Gomis, Cardozo etc etc who have to adapt to the EPL and need time. We need to sign players who can fit straight in but only sign youngsters who need time.

  • Kash2

    May 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    British based players with a point to prove are our best option. We just can’t compete against the big 4 for foreign players with potential. Plus the Big 4 have squads in place to allow those players to adapt in there own time. We don’t have the squad and we need players in to improve it.

  • Zhun

    May 13, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Can we qualify for the fair play?
    How it works?
    I juz wonder can anyone help me to sort it up?=)

  • Ant

    May 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Kash2 –

    Dunne (Man city) – No
    Campbell (portsmouth) – Faye
    Riise (L’pool) – High wages. Enrique better.
    Kapo (Brum) – Not bad…therefore not good enough
    McFadden (Brum) – An Everton substitute?
    Zarate (Brum) – 18m….NO
    Barnes (derby) – Stick him on the bench
    Shorey (reading) – Just doesn’t appeal to me
    Diouf (bolton) – Has Sam been re-hired?
    Nolan (bolton) – Has Sam been re-hired?
    Ashton (West Ham) – More injury prone than a lumberjack on iceskates
    Lennon (Spurs) – rather have SWP
    Huddlestone (spurs) – Not good enough for Spurs

  • craig chisholm

    May 13, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    i think that our bloody club is a mess lads. it is full of players that we cant shift on and players that we want to keep but they want to leave. its saying today that the reason martins was not at final game was cos he was at arsenal doing a deal!! then the owen thing, then the zogs thing!!! then we cant sell ameobi so he stays. plus we have smith who wants to stay who is shit too. the whole thing is a fooking disaster zone. i have no idea who will be at our club next season, i do not think we will have the smae front line up though, thats for sure. i would be happy with crouch and martins up front as our main pair.

  • Eric

    May 13, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Is this going to be Dunne and busted or Dunne and dusted? Go get Sol Campbell. He is solid and Pompey are after his replacement from Porto. A good experienced solid defender who could do a mentoring role for our younger defenders. He could be OK for another couple of seasons.

  • big pea ov the weab

    May 13, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #19

    @zhun man city have already claimed the fair play spot

  • Bill F

    May 13, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m glad to see there are more anti dunne posts than pro Dunne posts. Is KK trying to set up some sort of Irish retirement home.
    I don’t mind Irish players in the squad (or any other nationality) but let them be coming to their best rather than going past it.

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 13, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #21


    Dunne (Man city) – Yes if we can get him for

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Frustratingly my post got cut short.. I will try again:

    Dunne (Man city) – yes if we can get him

  • Neilos

    May 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #23

    ZHUN – try http://www.premierleague.com/page/FairPlayTable/0,,12306,00.html

    This will show you the fair play league

  • Bill F

    May 13, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Danish Magpie, looks like even your computer is against the signing of Dunne. 🙂

  • Nick Dryden

    May 13, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Duff should stop spouting about his irish team mates comng here and just concentrate on getting out of toon himself.

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 13, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Haha. Yeah it does. I gave up in frustration 🙂 I had a whole long list but nooo. Technology. Pssh. It’s not what it used to be. Wait..

  • geordie nick

    May 13, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #27

    big pea of the weab- man city havent claimed fair play spot at all, they were in poll postion for it before last game of season but then dunne got red card, fulham are now likely to get it!!!!


    May 13, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Dunne was voted their player of the year for the 4th season running, Thats in a team containing Petrov, Elano, Richards, Hart and Ireland who would walk into our side how on earth isnt he good enough for us, When they finished well above us.


    Have left since the turn of the year or will leave in the next month.


  • chris_toon

    May 13, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    if he bought out his contract wouldnt he be a free agent?

  • gallowgate31

    May 13, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Think that if we buy him out for 1 million he could be a good purchase…. Just looking at that list from Craigg makes me realise just how much we could do with him.

  • reillers

    May 14, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Would be a really good signing. Given and Dunne have been Ireland’s rock for the past few years. Dunne has really come in to his own in the past few seasons, not to mention he’s the Man City captain and Ireland and Man City’s player of the year for 4 seasons running. Clearly he’s getting it right somewhere. Where do we get off saying that he’s not good enough for us.
    He wouldn’t be a bad signing at all and he’s got a good few years left in him yet.

  • craig chisholm

    May 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #32

    just cos he is man shity captain does not mean he is good. i remember when bobby robson went for the spurs captain dont you?…….and what a fantasic buy stephen carr turned out to be eh!! christ, fat sam had alan smith as captain once or twice, does that make him good too!? na, i am just worried about how slow the guy is, he has no chance against some of the modern day forwards and wingers. i think 5 million for him is too much.


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