Craig Dawson may be considering handing in a transfer request to force a move through to newly-promoted Burnley, according to a report from the Lancashire Telegraph.
Burnley have been looking to strengthen their defensive line since promotion and are believed to have had two bids, at £1 million and £1.5 million respectively, rejected for the centre-back.
New West Brom boss Alan Irvine has taken a tough stance in refusing to let Dawson go, telling the Lancashire Telegraph: “My first signing after I came in was Joleon Lescott – that was so we could have four centre-backs that I feel comfortable with,
I think he will stay with us. He’s going with us to the States and it’ll take a very good bid for anyone to make the club accept it.”
It now appears that Dawson must submit a formal request in order to leave the club, and even then the Baggies will only accept an offer that is in line with their valuation of the player.
As a former England U-21 international, Dawson is yet to make the full national team but he is expected to provide strong competition for a starting berth at the Hawthorns next season.
Dawson first rose to acclaim with his time at Rochdale and was voted FourFourTwo League 2 Player of the Year in 2009-10. He signed for West Brom in summer 2010 on a three-year deal before being loaned back to his former side for the duration of the 2010-11 campaign. There he scored 11 goals in 48 appearances, helping Rochdale to a 9th placed League 1 finish.
He also enjoyed a loan spell at championship side Bolton in January 2013 and played an integral role in their 14th placed finish. It was this successful stint that saw him feature more prominently for Albion in the 2013-14 campaign, filling in at times as a right-back as well as in his favoured central role.
Dawson was part of the Great Britain Olympic team in 2012 having featured heavily for the U-21 side, with whom he scored twice on his debut. He went on to feature 15 times for Stuart Pearce’s side, scoring six goals.