Craig Dawson could be set for a summer departure from the Hawthorns, with The Sun reporting that Burnley are preparing a £15 million bid for the player.
The 29-year-old has been a key part of the Baggies defence for the past six years, and Sean Dyche is said to be a big fan of the no-nonsense centre-half, which is unsurprising if you take a look at Burnley’s current defenders.
To lose such a player would be a blow for any Championship side, but £15m would be a very good price for someone of his age, and he has certainly served his duties well at West Brom.
With a new manager incoming, the chance to build their own squad and extra funds in the transfer budget would be an exciting prospect, and here are three players they should look to replace Dawson with, should he leave…
The 22-year-old was the star defender in League One this season, and this has led a number of clubs to chase the Portsmouth man, including Stoke and Leeds. West Brom would face a tough battle if they did try and sign him. .
West Brom currently have several players nearing their 30s, so Clarke would be a welcome addition and freshen up the backline. He would offer long-term value and allow West Brom to plan for the future, which is what they need to do in order to gain promotion and then secure themselves back in the Premier League.
An impressive season would see his market value rise markedly. It is likely this will happen given his impressive qualities, most notably his technical ability and composure on the ball, which some suggest make him Premier League ready. He transitioned from League Two to League One seamlessly with Portsmouth, and he would do so again if he signs for West Brom.
In his days at Leicester, Moore was a very highly-rated youngster, and although he hasn’t yet cracked the top level, he has been mightily impressive for Reading since signing in 2016.
With pace and power, he is a difficult player to come up against.
He has performed well for a struggling Reading this season and was a major factor in leading them to safety. At 26 he is beginning to reach his peak and West Brom should look to snap him up before Premier League clubs like Brighton begin to perhaps reignite their interest.
However, he signed a five-year contract only last summer so it would take a rather large fee to prize him away from the Royals.
The Chelsea man is on his way out of the club and although he still believes he can play in the Premier League, it is possible that no club in the top-tier will take him on due to concerns over his age and fitness.
This could also be a concern for West Brom, but like Villa’s signing of John Terry in 2017, Cahill would provide a wealth of experience.
He is a leader and would help to organise the defence and nurture other young defenders at the club.
Another drawback is the wages West Brom would have to offer, but if they do get £15m for Dawson this could be re-invested, and if they were to get promoted, the money they spent on Cahill would soon be forgotten.