Villa lands Man City’s Dunne to help shore up de­fence

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

AS­TON VILLA have agreed a fee with Premier League ri­vals Manch­ester City for de­fender Richard Dunne (pic­tured right) and have signed Stephen Warnock from Black­burn Rovers.

The 29-year-old City skip­per and Ire­land in­ter na­tional Dunne will travel to Villa to dis­cuss per­sonal terms and un­dergo a med­i­cal.

Dunne has made nearly 300 league ap­pear­ances for City since arriving in 2000 from Ever­ton. But the re­cent sign­ings of Joleon Lescott from Ever­ton and Kolo Toure from Arse­nal had cast doubt on his fu­ture at East­lands.

Villa have also brought in left back Warnock, 27, on a four-year deal.

Martin O’Neill has moved quickly to strengthen his de­fence af­ter los­ing cen­tre back Martin Laursen to re­tire­ment and left back Wil­fred Bouma to long-term in­jury. – Reuters

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