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.



  • Paul Patterson

    The question is, is he better than what we have? On that basis, it’s a no from me.

    • Jezza

      Yes but the question Ashley is asking is can we sign him for a fraction of the Lascelles money and if so then it’s a great deal.

      • Wor Lass

        I`ve accused you of being over-pessimistic at times, Jezza, but this one`s got me nervous. Mind you, imagine if we get him for lejeune and have a Dawson/Lascelles pairing with HBA at no. 10 and Diego Costa up top … Ah! Help! … Where am I? … What day is it? …

  • Peaky

    That’s Lascelles replacement lined up already then….

    • Leazes.

      haha…oh dear.

  • Leazes.

    We were linked with 100 players in 100 days last summer….its officially started then….. competition between the back pages for the biggest lie. I wonder why people still buy newspapers when you can read the nonsense for nowt on the internet.

    • Ram Kishore

      Now it’s all webcliks

  • ghostrider

    Rafa will target central defenders, wingers, defensive midfielders and what not and with the few pence he has left over he’ll target a defensive striker then cite he was 16th choice but that’s all he could get due to Ashley. lol

    • Liam Hogg

      Hi mike pal, didn’t know you posted on here

      • ghostrider

        Try Don mate, but how are you. Newcastle mad poster are you?

        • Liam Hogg

          Well not especially I just didn’t think a billionaire like yourself would post here but then again you’ve gotta justify the lies you tell & all that carry on

          • ghostrider

            Well, you know how it is with us Trillionaires.

    • Wor Lass

      Still giving!

      • ghostrider

        Always.

    • Ram Kishore

      I remember u even mentioning once that Rafa relegated us

      • ghostrider

        You remember me saying Rafa took us down and it’s 100% true.
        I didn’t say he was to blame entirely for relegating us, because McClaren saw to it that Rafa had a task on…but a task that was doable for a world class manager…especially with the quality we had at the time.

        Mark Hughes has just done it with Southampton.

        Anyway Rafa did take us down because he was the manager for the last 10 games and was the manager when we were relegated…..right?

        Speaks for itself.

        • Ram Kishore

          And FYI info Only Hughes did it, what about Carvahal.. imho other teams that are getting relegated are not playing great and results and fixtures are getting in Hughes favour..In your words lot of variables

          • ghostrider

            Results and fixtures are not in Huges favour. He got out of it by getting Southampton to fight and it’s worked.
            He was robbed at Everton but it doesn’t matter, he beat Swansea.
            And Carvahal has done nothing yet.

          • Ram Kishore

            Yah thats what I’m saying Rafa did what he could ..Which was actually better when u see the total number of points made by the same team which was higher than what was done by McLaren in 28 matches.. and also McLaren had two transfer windows to bring his players and had big pre season..
            Did Rafa have..
            So players had quality..Why didn’t they do it early in the season and Only Rafa was responsible for the last 10 matches.
            What u r saying is..
            If Southampton gets relegated it is Hughes mistake right?

          • ghostrider

            Southampton are safe but if they did get relegated then Hughes would have took them down.
            Just like Rafa took us down.

        • Ram Kishore

          So there is nothing wrong with McLaren or the players or Mike Ashley in anyway

          • ghostrider

            There was plenty wrong with McClaren and certain players.
            When certain players don’t take to a manager for whatever reasons, it’s like a virus that can spread throughout the team.

            Ashley was in no way responsible for any of that and in fact fans were extremely happy with the signings but were dubious yet accepting of McClaren at the start.

            You could potentially argue that McClaren may have kept the team up or maybe he might have relegated them by a whisker. Nobody knows but what I know is, I didn’t like McClaren.
            I didn’t like his smug face when we lost. Almost a “so what” mocking smirking laugh.

            So what was Ashley’s fault in all that?
            Spending too much money on what turned out to be mercenaries and wrong players?
            Not sacking McClaren earlier?
            Allowing Rafa to come in and drag all the underperforming players from their day off and expect massive hugs in return?

            Alan Shearer took us down. Was it entirely his fault?……Of course not.

            Rafa Benitez took us down. Was it entirely his fault?…..Of course not.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          You know, I was at Liverpool when we drew 2-2, we equalised and ready to push on, Rafa shut up shop, we drew but 3 points would have kept us up.

          • ghostrider

            Annoying isn’t it?

    • TheFatController

      Still ‘hurting’ honest decent fans on here with trolling as punishment to humanity for some indiscretion long ago against your entitled self I see …

      And then you put a manic ‘lol’ at the end. Do we take it you have an upbeat side therefore ?

      • ghostrider

        I have downbeat and upbeat sides. It all depends on what’s dealt.
        And if you think it’s trolling or the honest decent fans who you think are being hurt by what you say is, trolling, then do the best thing you can do. Blank me and that goes for your honest decent fan friends who you’re apparently speaking out for.

        Blank me and there’s no more need to be hurt….right?

    • grantham mag

      Will Rafa is still be here.

      • ghostrider

        Who knows?

  • Liam Hogg

    Well we can kiss goodbye to any players in that type of value with fatty & tea boy in charge of purse strings

    • Jezza

      Absolutely correct. Dubravka for £4 million will be our biggest signing of the summer.

      • Liam Hogg

        Do you really think tea boy is that competent to push a deal through? They’ll want £5 million & we’ll offer £4.8 he’ll move to another club & we will end up with Charles Itandje or something.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        I bet you £10 he isn’t.

  • Paul Patterson

    Out of the relegated teams, I’ve always liked Ryan Shawcross at Stoke. Might be a bit past it now.

    • Jezza

      Past his best and his newly relegated club no doubt looking to get a high earner off the books and happy to do a deal on the cheap. Could be the perfect budget replacement for Lascelles as far as Ashley is concerned.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Ah the thought of getting any West Brom players is horrific.
        Jonjo and Jay Rodriguez on a night out seems like a headline waiting to happen 😂
        Can’t think of many stoke players I’d like either. Shaqiri if he was freakishly cheap?
        Shawcross is definitely past it.

        • Jezza

          Ha ha, you said it. Freakishly cheap is going to be the number one requirement for any players NUFC will be trying to sign this summer.

  • robbersdog

    He’s no better than Lascelles, Lejeune, Clark or Mbemba. In the context of our lack of transfer funds, I can’t see the point of p*ssing away £15m on a player who isn’t an upgrade on the central defenders already at the club.

    We need offensive players; two new centre-forwards, a No.10 and an attacking midfielder.

    • Dingus

      The temptation comes from the top, where the owner knows he can sell Lascelles for 30, replace with someone half that cost, and pocket the difference.

    • Jezza

      The thing is we don’t upgrade our players under Ashley do we. We downgrade by selling our best players and bringing in much cheaper and vastly inferior replacements.

  • Dillon Tovak

    When I first saw the headline I was dreading seeing Rondons name.
    It’s still bad news though with the Lascelles ramifications 🙄

    • Albert Stubbins

      Rondon? no thanks. One of the reasons West Brom were relegated. Worse than Gayle IMHO. Misses so many chances- has the odd good game but few and far between- a poor mans Benteke, who’s also U.S. EDIT-Ive just re read post- apologies.

      • Dillon Tovak

        I know, hence my comment.

        Edit, just saw your edit. Ok, we’re in agreement 👍 haha.

  • Kev-82

    I’d take Phillips from WBA, based on his game against us the other week although Dummett had a shocker that day so may have made him look better,