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Clarets maintain interest in defender Dawson
BURNLEY are expected to persist in their attempts to sign West Brom’s Craig Dawson – with the centre back keen to leave the Hawthorns.
The Clarets are understood to have had a bid rejected for Dawson, thought to have been in the region of £1m.
West Brom insist they do not want to sell Dawson but the 24-year-old is believed to be interested in a potential move to Turf Moor after hearing of Burnley’s interest.
Dawson, who hails from Rochdale and played for Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s as a junior, has grown increasingly frustrated with a lack of game time during four years with the Baggies.
A number of clubs – including fellow promoted sides Leicester and QPR as well as a range of sides in the Championship – are thought to be monitoring developments.
But the chance to be part of Sean Dyche’s revolution at Turf Moor could be tempting for Dawson, with the boss gaining admiration around the country for the job he has done with the Clarets.
Burnley, however, would have to increase their offer to coax West Brom into a deal.
Dyche is eager to bring in a central defender this summer, although 36-year-old Michael Duff has also been offered a new deal with the club.
Dawson is well known to Clarets head of recruitment Lee Darnbrough, who previously worked for West Brom.
The West Midlands club are currently without a manager following the exit of Pepe Mel and the choice of their next boss could yet affect their stance on Dawson.
But they are looking to bring in a head coach rather than a traditional boss, so other members of the club hierarchy are expected to retain a major say in which players remain at the Hawthorns.
Dawson joined West Brom from Rochdale in 2010 but has made only 17 league starts in four seasons with the Baggies and is desperate for regular football.
He represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games and then had a successful loan spell with Bolton in the Championship during the second half of the 2012/13 campaign.
That was followed by featuring for England at the European Under 21 Championships in Israel that summer.
West Brom decided that they wanted to bring Dawson back into their squad and the defender started eight of their last 10 games of the 2013/14 season.
But by then he had grown deeply disappointed at having to wait until Boxing Day for his first league appearance of the season, and is thought to still have concerns about whether he will feature regularly next term at the Hawthorns.
Burnley had also been tracking out-of-contact Hull City striker Matty Fryatt but the 28-year-old was last night completing a move to Nottingham Forest.
Birmingham City are reported to be in talks with David Edgar after the Canadian was released by the Clarets last month.
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