Rovers 'fall short' in Dunn bid
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce believes Blackburn's bid is unlikely to prevent Bolton signing David Dunn.
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce believes a late bid from Blackburn is unlikely to scupper Bolton's hopes of landing ex-Rover David Dunn.
Dunn passed a Bolton medical on Tuesday afternoon and seems set to join The Trotters despite continued interest from the 27-year-old's former club.
Rovers made a renewed offer to Blues also on Tuesday, but Bruce revealed it still falls short of the £2.2million total package agreed with Bolton.
The manager now expects Dunn to put pen-to-paper at The Reebok Stadium.
"As we speak, Dunny is in talks with Bolton," confirmed Bruce. "He has been there for the best part of a week. His injuries are well documented and knowing Sam Allardyce and the medical staff at Bolton, they would have done every test possible.
"We have been told in the past half hour that he has passed all tests as part of the medical.
"I would expect now that the personal terms will be thrashed out. That is not going to take long so I expect he will sign for Bolton.
"I kept reading that Blackburn were going to make a counter bid. We had received nothing from them but they have been in contact in the last hour, but I think it is too late.
"Dunny has already decided he is going down the route of signing for Bolton and in any case Blackburn still haven't met our valuation of the player.
"It is a total package of £2.2million but a lot of that is obviously based on appearances. We feel a change of environment, a change of scenery will benefit him and we wish him well."
Bruce could not hide his disappointment at Dunn's imminent departure given the huge amount of time and money invested in the player since he joined the club from Rovers for £5.5million in July 2003.
"Dunny has only started 27 times for us which is a shame for our club and a shame for Dunny because when I signed him I paid a lot of money for a quality player," added Bruce.
"It is a crying shame with the amount of talent Dunny has got that we have never seen the best of him at Birmingham. It is one of my biggest regrets as Birmingham manager."