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The Republic of Ireland international defender could be available for around £5 million...

According to a report in the British tabloid The Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are looking to raid Premier League rivals Manchester City for Richard Dunne during the close-season.

Apparently, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is looking to add some cover to his back line as club captain Ledley King is unable to play more than once per week due to a long-term knee problem.

It is claimed that the 29-year-old could be available for transfer this summer in exchange for a fee of around £5 million.

The north London club have turned their attentions to the 51-time capped Republic of Ireland international as they feel it is unlikely that Steven Taylor, their other preferred target, will leave Newcastle United.

Since joining the Citizens from Everton for £3 million in 2000, Dunne has scored seven goals in 348 appearances.

The Manchester City captain also became the first person to win the club's Player of the Year award on four successive occasions, claiming the crown from 2005-2008.

The 6ft 1in stalwart's disciplinary record has come in for criticism at times. In January 2009 he picked up a record-equalling eighth Premier League red card.

Ricky Brooks,