Villa land Collins but Dunne deal delayed

ASTON VILLA boss Martin O&rsquo;Neill will have to wait until this morning to parade his deadline-day defensive pair after the Premier League requested more time to ratify Richard Dunne&rsquo;s move from Manchester City last night.<br /><br />O&rsquo;Neill is confident Dunne will be confirmed as a Villa player today with the ex-City captain having already completed a medical at Villa Park.<br /><br />The Football Association are already happy with the paperwork but Villa need the approval of the Premier League before they can formally unveil the player.<br /><br />Dunne will be joined at Villa Park by Wales centre-back James Collins, who signed in a &pound;4m deal from West Ham. Collins, 26, who rejected a move to Stoke, made 60 appearances in four years at Upton Park but said it had not been a difficult decision to leave.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a mad 24 hours since coming up here but I&rsquo;m delighted to have it all sorted,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I came on Monday and met the manager and had a look around. It&rsquo;s a fantastic setting. I just can&rsquo;t wait to get cracking now. Aston Villa are a massive club so after coming here and looking around &ndash; and I&rsquo;m friendly with a few of the boys as well &ndash; it didn&rsquo;t take a lot of persuading on my part.&rdquo;<br /><br />Dunne meanwhile, was forced to move in search of first team football after being marginalised by big-money summer signings at Eastlands.<br /><br />O&rsquo;Neill was left needing reinforcements at the back by the retirement of Martin Laursen and the sale of Zat Knight to Bolton.