Newcastle ‘plotting move’ for West Brom star now relegation confirmed
Newcastle are readying a move for Craig Dawson according to reports on Wednesday morning.
The transfer claims have followed the confirmation that West Brom will be a Championship club next season.
Southampton won 1-0 at Swansea on Tuesday night to condemn the Baggies finally to second tier football, only a draw would have kept West Brom hopes alive.
The 28 year old central defender joined the now relegated club seven years ago from Rochdale and has been a first team regular these past four years.
Craig Dawson helped his side keep a clean sheet and grab a win at St James Park, a game where Islam Slimani kicked out at the central defender and subsequently picked up a three match ban.
Darren Moore almost pulled off the most unlikely of recovery jobs but the damage done by Alan Pardew proved far too much to overcome in such a short space of time.
With wins over Man Utd, Newcastle and Spurs, plus draws against Liverpool and Swansea, Moore proved that West Brom should never have been such no-hopers in this campaign.
Despite all their struggles, Craig Dawson and his defence saw only nine other PL clubs concede fewer goals, suggesting defending wasn’t high on their list of weaknesses.
The report in The Mail says that Newcastle have already started to make moves towards signing Dawson, with Celtic also claimed to be interested.
Even under Mike Ashley, there should be no problem for Newcastle in offering better wages than the Scottish club, if indeed there is genuine interest.
More problematic is likely to be the reported transfer fee, with £15m a higher figure than Mike Ashley has ever allowed to be spent on one player in his 11 years at the club.
Relegated clubs are always going to have their better players linked with a move and Shaqiri is already one player Newcastle have been linked with.
However, with Stoke, West Brom and whoever else that goes down, all set to get £40m+ in parachute payments next season, relegated clubs are in a position where they can if they choose, keep most of their star players, at least in financial terms.
Although of course, retaining unhappy players who are desperate to leave, isn’t usually a great idea.
Watch out for Newcastle being linked with plenty more relegated players in the coming weeks.
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