As they begin to prepare for life in the Premier League next season, Burnley have bid for West Brom’s Craig Dawson in an attempt to strengthen their defence, reports the Daily Mail. Sean Dyche’s men are desperate to avoid relegation next season, and they will have to build a strong, reliable defensive unit if they are to do that.
Dawson has been identified as an ideal player to bring into the fold, and Burnley have submitted an improved £3 million bid for the 24 year old. It is believed that the defender is unsettled in the Midlands because he is not being provided with enough first-team opportunities – as a result, Burnley hope that he will favour a move to their club, at which he is likely to be a significant player.
Dawson moved to the Baggies in 2010, but he has only made 21 league appearances for the club since then. Recently, he has spent the majority of his career undertaking various loan spells at Rochdale and Bolton. Whilst the player was happy to wait for his chance before, as the situation does not look to be changing under new West Brom boss Alan Irvine, the time could be right for him to move on.
However, Dawson is not the only target that Burnley have in their sights. The top flight new boys are also keen on Chelsea youngster, Nathaniel Chalobah. The 19 year old could be available on a loan deal, having already played out temporary spells at Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough.