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By ESPN Staff

Souness denies feud with Dunn

Blackburn manager Graeme Souness has passed on his best wishes to David Dunn after the midfielder completed his move to Birmingham.

Dunn passed a on Thursday after the clubs agreed a fee, believed to be around £5.5million.

He is expected to be unveiled at St Andrews next week when manager Steve Bruce returns from holiday.

Dunn has signed a four-year deal after severing his links with the club where he grew up.

He turned down the offer of a new deal and Souness admits he is sorry to see the player go.

'I would like to thank David for all his efforts and wish him well for the future,' the Blackburn boss told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

'It must be a big wrench for him and the supporters to have a home-bred player leave the club.

'I am disappointed he felt his future lay elsewhere, because the two of us never had a problem.

'There have been all sorts of rumours of a bust-up and arguments, but I can categorically say that at no time did we ever fall out.

'All I tried to do was make David a better player and if he doesn't see that now, he never will.'

Souness publicly criticised the player in January, blaming outside influences for his loss of form and fitness at first team level.

But he continued to pick the 23-year-old whenever he was available.

Dunn progressed through the youth ranks at Ewood Park and signed his first professional contract with Rovers at 17, making his first team debut at 18.

He went onto make 169 appearances for his home-town club and after representing England at youth and under-21 level he was given his full debut by Sven-Goran Eriksson against Portugal last September.