There is news in the People this morning that Richard Dunne is being offered to other Premier League clubs by Manchester City.
Richard Dunne – available for £2M?
Dunne was a target for clubs in the summer as it looked like he would not sign a new contract at Eastlands, but his form has been poor for Manchester City this season, even after he signed a lucrative contract with the Manchester club once Mark Hughes arrived as manager from Blackburn Rovers.
But Dunne has suffered a significant slump in form since signing his contract, and the news this morning is that Hughes will let him go so he can land the targets he wants to bring into the Cioty defense.
Joe Kinnear has said he would like proven Premierrship players and it may be that Dunne will be available in the transfer window, along with other City players, depending on how many new players Hughes is able to bring in this month – but money doesn’t seem to be any problem at City in January, unlike most other clubs.
The news is that a couple of clubs are in negotiations for him right now, and it will be a cut deal deal of around £2M, which is a lot less than the £8M quoted during the summer.
However, it will also depend on how big Richard’s wage demands are, since we don’t want to get into the trap of signing someone for big wages and having them not be able to make the team.
Certainly Dunne has made a lot of errors in the backline for City this season, but we have an inkling that our Irish boss may want to bring the Irish International to St. James’ Park.
However Dunne does not fit the profile of players the club would like to sign, since he is coming to the latter part of his career and is on big wages.
The 29 year old was born in Dublin as were Kinnear and Damien Duff, and has played over 280 times for Manchester City and 46 times for his country. He stands 6’1″ tall, and is a very strong player when in form.
What do you think?