Newcastle Could Go After Richard Dunne

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?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    No, no, no. Just more press speculation. Must have been a boring night in the London pubs last night for some reporters. Do not need Man City’s cast offs no more than we need to listen to their offers for any of our players. All the People have done (Dunne?) is make a spurious Irish connection and come up with a scrotum with three testicles in it.

  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Wouldnt be the ideal signing to be honest, but at this time when the best players aren’t necessarily available (or wont come to St James’) and when we dont have too much money to spend, then I would think that an experienced PL player who is available for £2m isn’t such a bad deal – especially as we need bodies in asap.
    I would probably offer him a rolling 12 month contract (if he would take it) and see where that gets us.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Hey ed, good to see u have made logins available , is there a way to change the password.
    Richard dunne is not a bad midfielder his lost his skill abit but he can regain his form


  • There is a reason they are offering him to other clubs. His form has been shocking and even of form he isnt better than what we have. If it was Onouha or Richards i could understand because they can play at right back. Dunne isnt getting any younger either.

  • meant on form lol but you know what i meant 😉

  • Ericles

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    The Sunday paper dross are also touting Mendes of Rangers and Meireles of Porto. Meireles is 25 and a defensive midfielder and could be a replacement for Butt. As for us going for Beattie. Who made up that one? Also why should JK go for Coventry’s Westwood if we lose Given. Crap – Harper is the best possible replacement, he is more than loyal, he is England potential, and he is a local. Sunday papers? A load more speculative shite. Ignore it.

  • Patrick2349

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Richard Dunne has been horrible this season. I would prefer David Dunn instead of him.

  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Loosely linked to this subject (and spurred on by ericles comment at No 1) can I just say that we are no longer in a position where we are too good for ANYONE’s cast-offs.
    We are losing sight of the fact that not only are we in a relegation scrap, but our club is in absolute turmoil, and we have a manager who can’t attract the best players.
    The time when we could just offer someone amazing wages is gone, and so is the time when we could spend amazing transfer fees.
    It will be many a year again before we can ever even dream of attracting the Alan Shearer’s or the Michael Owen’s again.
    It’s all good and well saying “Player X isn’t good enough for us” or “We should never sell Player Y”. First of all, players like Dunne, Lovenkrands, Ferguson etc – even if they arent the best out there – may be the only chances we have of bolstering our squad in this window and if that’s the case then we need to just be positive and hope that if we get them that they come good. Secondly, there isnt a player in our squad who doesnt have a price tag…no-one! If a decent bid comes in for Given (for whom we have ample decent cover) then the club will sell so that funds can be freed up for new players.

    We have to get real at the moment. I dont like it one bit more than anyone else on here, but its the way it is. I would love us to “do a Man City” and get all the best available players, but it simply wont happen.

    The time to start getting angry, is when the transfer window closes and we havent got ANYONE in, which would be catastrophic! Or worse, if the club sold players and didnt use all of the funds to get new replacements in.

    Im frustrated at the lack of action so far, but I suppose we have to be patient. And we have to be grateful for whoever we get!

  • Ericles

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    It does seem that toonarmyuk has come out with a lot of rational common sense. The reality is we may have to take what we can get. I think that the likes of Ferguson, Lovenkrands, etc would add something to the squad. Not sure about Dunne but then in Toon he may get back on form. Our object is a cup run, keep our best players if we can, give the youngsters a crack of the whip – bring them on from the bench at home games for experience and confidence, but also what we do best of all. That is – get behind the team with all our might because we all know our crowd is an extra man.

  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Ericles, I definitely think that our youth are going to be key to this campaign. I’m a little downhearted that Kinnear didnt take the opportunity to give some of them a run-out yesterday, although I can understand due to the closeness of the game that he didnt want to risk the inexperience. I would have loved to have seen Xisco and Lua Lua get 10 mins, but hey ho.

  • BILL-B

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    We dont want R Dunne Man City would love to cast him Off he has had a crap of a season he has scored a number of goals this season in the wrong net

  • joonzy

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    If any half decent players are interested then we should be grateful not slag them off. The fact is we are an average side at best and the most unattractive proposition going. No one is interested in joining us any more because of the turmoil. If we can bring in 3 or 4 experienced players, a CB, LB, CF and most importantly a good CM then we will struggle. Dunne would be a decent addition and has to be better than Taylor who is poor in the air, Dunne however is good, probably his best asset. Riise would be great if they can pull that deal off, and it seems that we will get Lovenkrands for free. That leaves a striker and a CM. Personally i would go for Appiah who ia a free agent and a super player. The Ferguson rumour doesn’t go away and neither does the Mendes rumour. I prefer Mendes but not sure if we will get him.

  • Guinea Mag

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Prefer we take him on loan until the end of the season and see what happens then. Hopefully, we’re still a PL side.

    We need 4~5 PL standard players in January or we could be in serious trouble….

  • Ericles

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Riise would be a good addition at LB as he would give Enrique some competition. Some of the rumoured players are in fact seasoned internationals – e.g., Lovenkrands, Riise, Ferguson etc. We need solidity as well as quality in the team. Experienced players that will help the youngsters to come in and develop. But, heaven forbid, we must not become another Wimbledon.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    He is an own goal kingdom.


    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #16

    I rate Dunne his leadership qualities would be great and his own goals entertaining. Hart,Richards,Onuoha,Johnson,Ireland,Elano, Sturridge,Evans,Petrov when fit would all be great signings if they are not wanted by Citeh!

  • the holy grail

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #17

    people who are saying where is milners money 1st it wont all be piad upfront it will be in installments and the whole 12mil is depending on player factors such as apperances and so on,so wont potentially mite not get the full 12mil. also we have to budget for the potential cost of spiderman which is 12mil euroes which is as good as 12mil pounds so that is where the milner money will be going!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 11, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    I would say no thanks.

    How may seasons could we get out of him and his slump in form at the moment is a cause for concern.

    Our engine room needs immediate fixing and we need numbers.

    COME on Toon and but not sell.

    Ashley and Wise you got til 5pm on 2nd Feb!!!

    Anyone else see the Cockney Mafia signs out again yesterday. Saw them and thought – oh god not again. BUt luckily it didnt and they were put away.

    The usual banners were not up on the corner.

  • workyticket

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Toon Graeme // Jan 11, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    “Anyone else see the Cockney Mafia signs out again yesterday. Saw them and thought – oh god not again. ”

    It just makes us Geordies look stupid and insular to the rest of the world as there isn’t even one cockney in our current “mafia”. There’s a couple of Anglo-Spaniards, a fat bloke from Slough, a gangster’s son from Kensington (which is miles away from ‘Cockneyland’) and an Irish fella as manager.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Richard Dunne is a good defender he is just having a bad season like many a player has. I would like him to come to NUFC especially at the 2 million price tag, who would you rather have ..BOUGHERRA, i think not. Dunne has ample EPL experience and as proved in the past can be a top defender. I cannot understand some of the people on here saying he aint good enough, well who is good enough for a club in poor form and fighting a relegation battle. We need numbers in the squad ASAP and Dunne would be the correct way about it.

  • Intergalactic Milkman

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #21

    No Thanks. Looked off the pace this season.
    We should be after gonna-be’s not has-been’s.

  • Intergalactic Milkman

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    I think we actually only got (gonna get) £9.5m for Milner cos some of the money went to Leeds as part of a sell on clause.


    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Hell no
    Dunne is DONE.

  • jim

    Jan 11, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #24

    hey-Mike Ashley!-do us all a favour and get ya wallet out! Zenit st Petersburg are open to offers for Andre Arshavin!-they have refused arsenals 10 million bid-get a 16 million bid in now with the milner money-then we will know your serious about the club- i think that sort of action is needed after uve lost king kev and sold milner etc-it will go a long way to you reclaiming your seat in the stands -money where your mouth is? why did u take over from freddy if u werent gona give us at least some hope? mid table and relegation zone struggling is no good to this massive club man! look at the fan base-it speaks volumes about the size of the club and has potential to get bigger! get ya finger out and ya wallet! u mite even make a load of money if u do-and u like money dont u mike! European football back at st james? your not very clued up about football business are u! speculate to accumulate? fone sir alex and get a clue !

  • Sav

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Dunne would be a great signing at the right price – and 2 million is certainly that. As Toon1978 called it. Dunne was ManCity’s player of the season and captain for about 3 years on the trot – including ‘the Barton Years’ and outshone Distin when they were a partnership. He is having a bad season but that’s probably all it is. – Riise has had 2 or 3 and so has Shorey, yet plenty here are calling for those 2.
    Dunne has loads of experience with Ireland and City and is a good lad – may even help keep Given here if he hasn’t been sold by then.

    As for Toon Arm yuk, who says :-
    ‘The time to start getting angry, is when the transfer window closes and we haven’t got ANYONE in, which would be catastrophic! Or worse, if the club sold players and didnt use all of the funds to get new replacements in.

    What is the point of getting angry when its too late? When the window shuts, our little black-and-white tub is heading for the waterfall and it would be best to stick together and back whatever players we have left for the final 3 months. Some think that may be behind Given’s recent outburst – to push Ashley into backing the manager financially. Once Feb comes, you can rant all you want – our fate will be sealed.


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