Celtic consider Dunne deal

  • Last Updated: June 5 2013, 8:49 BST

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is weighing up an offer for Richard Dunne and has also confirmed his interest in Vitoria Guimaraes striker Amido Balde.

Richard Dunne: Aston Villa defender is an option for Celtic
Richard Dunne: Aston Villa defender is an option for Celtic

Dunne told Sky Sports News earlier this month that he is looking for a new club due to Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert's preference for selecting younger players.

The 33-year-old failed to feature under Lambert last season due to injury and made his first appearance since Euro 2012 when coming on as a substitute in the Republic of Ireland's win over Georgia at the weekend.

Richard Dunne

22. Richard Dunne

Title Number
Appearances 3 (0)
Goals 0
Assists 0
Yellows 2
Reds 0
*Current Season

Lennon acknowledged that signing Dunne would be contrary to his usual transfer policy, but conceded the centre-half's experience could be valuable.

"We have made no formal or informal movements as yet," said Lennon in the Daily Record.

"Richard has had injury problems and hasn't played for a long time so I don't know what kind of condition he is in.

"And the way we have been signing players over the years, he would fall out of that category, but he is a player I have known a long time and have always liked.

"We have also signed guys like Daniel Majstorovic before and it is always good to have one or two experienced players in."

The SPL champions are also considering whether to make a bid for Balde, who has one year left on his contract with Portuguese side Guimaraes.

Lennon added: "Balde is a big striker and has the physical attributes we are looking for. But he is interesting other clubs as well.

"We haven't pushed the button on any player but we have a number of options in each position. What we will try to do is bring some players in for June 20 when we start pre-season training."


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