Sunday 17 December 2017

Dunne looks set to lead QPR promotion charge

Dunne: On the move
Dunne: On the move
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

RICHARD DUNNE'S proposed switch to QPR has moved closer after he underwent a medical yesterday.

The Dubliner is a free agent following his release from Aston Villa and has been in negotiations with the Loftus Road club after a dearth of offers from the Premier League.

Harry Redknapp is looking to bring the Londoners back up to the top flight at the first attempt and has a considerable vacancy at centre-half after the departure of Chris Samba. Dunne will take a pay cut from his £60,000-a-week deal at Villa, but with appearance money he will still command a substantial wage if he pens a deal.

The 33-year-old spent the entirety of last season on the sidelines with a groin problem.

Meanwhile, his former Villa colleague Shay Given is waiting on other offers before deciding on an approach from Championship newcomers Doncaster Rovers.

It is understood that Doncaster are on the verge of a takeover from an Irish-led consortium with connections in the horse racing world and have therefore given manager Paul Dickov permission to make some ambitious moves in the transfer market.

An approach for Dunne was knocked back and they were also unsuccessful in an attempt to bring Stephen Ireland from Villa to Doncaster on loan.

However, they have spoken to Given about coming to Keepmoat Stadium for next season, but the Donegal man is yet to give a firm answer.

He has no future under Paul Lambert but his situation is complicated by the fact that he has three years remaining on his lucrative contract in Birmingham.

Irish Independent

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