Clough keeping tabs on Dunne

Derby boss Nigel Clough would be interested in signing Richard Dunne if he is prepared to drop down to the Championship.

Last Updated: 28/06/13 at 09:35 Post Comment

Richard Dunne: Former Aston Villa defender looking for a new club

Richard Dunne: Former Aston Villa defender looking for a new club

Derby County manager Nigel Clough has suggested he would be interested in signing Richard Dunne if the experienced defender is prepared to drop down to the Championship.

Dunne is available on a free transfer after being released by Aston Villa after failing to play for the Premier League club last season due to injury.

He did return to action for the Republic of Ireland against Georgia at the start of the month and is now looking for a new club ahead of next season.

Clough feels the 33-year-old is keen to stay in the top flight, but acknowledged the former Manchester City defender is the type of player he would be interested in signing.

"We know he's been released by Aston Villa and we've heard he wants to stay in the Premier League," said Clough in the Derby Evening Telegraph.

"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."

The Rams boss is keen to secure defensive cover for injured duo Mark O'Brien and Shaun Barker, and may look to the loan market for a signing.

He added: "Mark O'Brien has encouraged us and is ahead of schedule in his return to fitness.

"Having said that, we don't want to put too much pressure on him to rush back, so even if we got in a good quality loan until January or something like that, just to give us a bit of cover, that would be great.

"It could be a young player from the league above but we've also talked about a couple of players from our division. We're still relaxed about the situation."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Transfer news: Andre Schurrle nears Chelsea exit after agreeing personal terms with Wolfsburg

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is closing on a move back to Germany after agreeing to personal terms with Wolfsburg.

Premier League: Roberto Mancini could make a return to English football

Roberto Mancini has not ruled out a return to Manchester City in the future.

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge sure Steven Gerrard will manage Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge is convinced Steven Gerrard will eventually return to Anfield as Liverpool manager.

Mail Box

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company