Friday 23 March 2018

McCarthy in hunt for exiled Dunne

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

WOLVES have emerged as another possible destination for exiled Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne.

The Dubliner is firmly out of favour with Gerard Houllier and looks set for a loan move when the transfer window re-opens, with Celtic and a host of Premier League clubs linked with his services.

However, Mick McCarthy -- who has already expressed interest in a reunion with Robbie Keane -- is understood to be monitoring Dunne's situation closely.

He tried to bring the Tallaght man to Wolves when he was deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City in August 2009, but Aston Villa swooped to land the centre-half on that occasion.

However, while Dunne prospered under Martin O'Neill as Villa finished last season in sixth place, the defender's form has dipped since O'Neill's departure as they lurched towards a relegation battle following a 4-0 hammering against City on Tuesday.

An argument on the training ground with assistant manager Gary McAllister appears to have been the trigger for Dunne's fall from grace, with Houllier determined to prevent him from becoming a divisive figure in the dressing-room.

Houllier also attempted to explain away Stephen Ireland's absence from the City game by citing a knee injury. However, it is understood the Corkman would have been fit to play if required.

McCarthy, who is on the look-out for a centre-half, is likely to make another attempt and will hope that the English midlands location will appeal to the 31-year-old, who therefore wouldn't have to move home for a temporary switch.

Houllier may try to sell Dunne, but his hefty wage packet in excess of £50,000 a week makes a short-term change of circumstances a more likely scenario.

Irish Independent

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