Nigel Clough reveals interest in bringing Richard Dunne to Derby County
Derby County boss Nigel Clough would relish the prospect of bringing Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne to Pride Park but fears the defender may be unwilling to drop down to the Championship.
The 33-year-old is a free agent after being released by Aston Villa after a season where he failed to make any appearance for the Birmingham side.
The former Everton and Manchester City centre-half has not played competitively since Ireland's disastrous Euro 2012 campaign in Poland where he picked up a groin injury that has plagued him ever since.
He did return to action for Ireland in their 4-0 victory over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.
Dunne has been linked with moves to QPR and Celtic and although Clough is certainly interested he doesn't know whether he will be able to persuade the Dubliner to move to Derby if a Premier League club shows interest.
“We know he’s been released by Aston Villa and we’ve heard he wants to stay in the Premier League,” the Rams boss told the Derby Tellegraph.
“He’s that kind of ‘Jake Buxton’ centre-half we like.
“If the possibility became available down the line, we would look at it.
“But I think he will be looking to stay in the league above for now.”
If Dunne were to join he would add to the growing Irish contingent at the club where Jeff Hendricks, Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon already ply their trade.