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
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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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