West Brom are now relegated after Southampton’s 1-0 win against Swansea last night.
And it seems Newcastle are ready to move quickly for West Brom’s experienced center-back Craig Dawson.
The 6ft 2ins tall defender joined West Brom way back in 2010 from Rochdale, and he has played every season since then in the Premier League.
So he has vast experience and only just turned 28 years old last Sunday.
But Newcastle will only be one of several clubs after Dawson’s services for next season.
But the Mail are reporting that Newcastle are likely to be the first club in for the £15M rated defender, who will add the experience that’s been missing from the Newcastle side this season.
Craig Dawson – in action at St. James’ Park in late April
This would be a good chance for Mike Ashley to help Rafa move quickly to tie up Dawson, and if the owner does that, it will definitely help us sign Rafa to a new extended deal.
Jonny Evans is another West Bromwich defender who will also be available and in high demand, and he seems to have a relegation release clause of £3M in his contract.
That would seem to be a better value than paying out £15M for Dawson, but other clubs may also be close to signing up Evans.
And it depends how Rafa rates the two experienced defenders.
Craig played 15 times for the England U21 side and 3 times for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Rochdale-born Dawson has played 179 games for West Brom with 12 goals and 8 assists.
What do you think about this?