Baggies reject Clarets advances for defender Dawson

Craig Dawson in action for West Brom against Cardiff City
Craig Dawson in action for West Brom against Cardiff City

Reports from the Midlands are suggesting that West Brom have rejected a bid - believed to be in the region of £1m - from Burnley for defender Craig Dawson.

The England Under-21 international, once a target for former Turf Moor boss Eddie Howe, had fallen behind Diego Lugano, Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley at the Hawthornes but enjoyed an end-of-season renaissance under Pepe Mel, culminating the season with 15 appearances in all competitions.

The 24-year-old, signed from Rochdale in 2010, faced the Clarets in February last year in a 2-1 win on his debut for Bolton Wanderers during a loan spell at the Reebok Stadium.

The Baggies’ search for a new head coach would likely put any transfer dealings on the back-burner at present, particularly with the club having released Uruguayan Lugano while Billy Jones joined Sunderland on a Bosman transfer.

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