Bolton talking with Dunn
By Andrew Scurr. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Birmingham City midfielder David Dunn is in talks with Bolton about a move back to the North West.
Dunn is set to move on to pastures new after a frustrating time at St Andrews because of injuries.
The 27-year-old has been dogged by hamstring and back problems in previous seasons but is now back to full fitness.
Sam Allardyce is ready to take a gamble on the former England international, with a cut-price £1million fee rumoured to have been agreed.
"We are talking to his representatives at the moment, that's the furthest we've got," Allardyce told the club's official website. "We shall see how it goes on over the next 24 hours."
Allardyce added: "David had a very severe back problem a couple of years ago. That's been dealt with by surgery.
"Steve at Birmingham has decided to move him on for whatever reason and our concern would be the medical.
"After the medical, as long as the financial negotations continue, we can get to a conclusion on that. I hope there's nothing from the medical side to stop this transfer."
Blues manager Steve Bruce feels Dunn's imminent exit from Birmingham is in the best interests of everyone.
"David Dunn is fit and it might be in the best interests of both parties if something happens," Bruce said.
"He has problems with his family life up north. That is genuine, so it might be in both our interests that I get a few quid in, spend it on someone else and then off we go again.
"It will be an amicable goodbye. As long as I get the money I am looking for, it will be amicable.
"It's a shame Dunny has had so many injury problems here because he is a special player, someone who is part of a dying breed.
"The club has spent millions on Dunny, buying him, trying to get him right, trying to get him on the pitch. He is also a decent wage earner. A change of scenery might do him good."