Richard Dunne has endorsed Aston Villa’s efforts to bring Ireland international teammates Stephen Ireland and Robbie Keane to Villa Park.
Dunne admitted he has spoken to Keane about his future ‘a couple of times’ and said: “If Robbie came to us it would be great.
“The sort of player we need is someone who can play in the hole and link midfield and the forward line.”
The striker, who was farmed out on loan to Celtic last season, has stated he would like to stay and fight for his place at White Hart Lane but Harry Redknapp is currently looking for other options up front.
Ireland’s future is just as unclear. Two years ago he was nominated for PFA’s Young Player of the Season award but last season he has played much less.
Dunne said: “Stephen had a bit of a stop and start season last year, after the previous one when he was unbelievable.
“He will say he wants to get more games and play more regularly, and if that’s not at City he’d be more than welcome at Villa.
“Everyone in the league knows how good he can be and he’d be a great addition to any squad.”
Spurs have been linked with Dunne’s defensive partner Curtis Davies recently in a deal which could see the Villains take either Keane or Jermaine Jenas.