It seems we can’t even enjoy a heatwave at The Hawthorns these days without bad news getting in the way of what was otherwise an enjoyable Saturday – West Bromwich Albion are now set to lose out on millions when it comes to the sale of long wantaway defender Craig Dawson.
If the rumour mill is to be believed 29-year-old Dawson is no stranger to transfer requests having originally submitted one according to reports back in 2014 and everyone remembers the antics last summer during the pre-season build up.
Given that Burnley wouldn’t reach what many believed was a standalone valuation of £20million, West Brom also rebuffed a reported Watford loan to buy offer of around £10million – and I still say that was the right decision given the lowball offer at the time.
Sky Sports built on this summer’s speculation linking the Vicarage Road outfit with having a continued interest in the player but they claimed that a £5.5million deal had now been agreed and they expected that come Monday the transfer would be announced.
Having passed his medical on Saturday the player is said to have agreed a four year deal.
With mixed views on his performances last year I think everyone expected him to be off this summer and even allowing for the fact he’ll be a free agent this time next year, that price seems woeful to me and we should’ve been holding out for £10million at least.
With us having to maximise transfer fees this summer given our claimed financial issues, I just don’t see why we’re in a hurry here as £5.5million isn’t snap your hand off.