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I don’t think it takes a lot of working out that we might be looking to bring in a central defender in the next transfer window and we’ve already seen Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall and Chris Mepham linked with Turf Moor moves although the reports over the last couple of days suggest the target, yet again, could be West Bromwich Albion’s former Rochdale defender Craig Dawson.

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Dawson will have been at West Brom for eight years come the end of this season although he spent the first of them on loan back at Rochdale but it was in the summer of 2014, following our first promotion under Sean Dyche, that we were first linked with him.

There certainly was some real interest too with West Brom reportedly turning down offers for him. Eventually he committed to the Baggies with a new deal and became a regular in the side then under the management of Alan Irvine.

He signed another new contract at West Brom last summer. This time, although the links were there again, there wasn’t quite the same push from Burnley to bring him to Turf Moor but that might not be the case this summer when West Brom are likely to be letting a number of players go as they face football outside the Premier League for the first time since 2010.

Dawson, now 27, has gone on to make almost 150 league appearances for West Brom, including 21 this season, but reports this morning suggest Burnley are ready to make a £10 million swoop for him in the summer although there is also strong interest from his former manager Tony Pulis who is now at Middlesbrough. This time it is much more likely that he will be leaving the Hawthorns.

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