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Richard Dunne
looking forward to linking up with former boss Joe Royle
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Wednesday, 18 October, 2000, 15:07 GMT 16:07 UK
City want Charvet to join Dunne
Richard Dunne
Dunne (centre) is re-united with his former boss Royle
Joe Royle has completed Richard Dunne's 3m move from Everton and swiftly turned his sights to signing Newcastle's Laurent Charvet.

The Manchester City boss hopes to conclude a 1.5m deal for Charvet before the end of the week.

The French defender's recruitment would complete a busy week for City which has already seen Dunne arrive on a five-year deal and George Weah leave following a fall-out with Royle.

Royle said: "We're hoping to conclude the deal with Laurent before the weekend. Things are moving along nicely."

Laurent Charvet could be joining Dunne at Maine Road
Royle is pleased to be re-united with Dunne after he gave the versatile defender, who can play centre-half or right-back, his Everton debut as a 17-year-old back in January 1997.


The City boss has watched Dunne progress from a 16-year-old rookie with Dublin club Home Farm into an established Republic of Ireland international and reckons he is a bargain at 3m.

"To play him in the Everton first team at 17, he must have been all right," said Royle.

"But he did have to wait until he was 17 because he wasn't going to break my record of 16!

"I've watched him progress from afar and I've seen him in his last two internationals when he did exceptionally well.

"He's 21 and he's got a lot of years in front of him and I think 3m for a current international centre-half rates as good business for us.

"I remember telling Mick McCarthy when he made his debut for Everton that we had a centre-half for the future and it's always nice when that comes true."


Dunne fell out with Everton manager Walter Smith because he played him at right-back and in recent months their relationship deteriorated.

Smith unsuccessfully tried to offload Dunne to Wimbledon last month before City stepped in.

I was disappointed I never got the chance to prove myself at centre-half at Everton
  Richard Dunne, Man City
Despite this sour end to his Everton career, Dunne insisted he bore no grudges against Smith.

"I was disappointed that I never got the chance to prove myself at centre-half at Everton," he said.

"The manager knew I was a centre-half but said he needed me to cover at right-back.

No problem

"But I have no problem with him. I got on well with him. The press blow things up, but there's no problem between us.

"I'm obviously disappointed to leave Everton after spending five years there, but I'm delighted to be coming to a club who are as big - if not bigger."

Royle does not intend to make the same mistake as Smith and will play Dunne at centre-half mostly.

"I've bought him as a centre-half but the fact that he can play right-back is useful as well," he said.

"I felt we needed another young centre-half and he was too good to miss."

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