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Rumour Mill- Craig Dawson for a Million?

The Clarets have once more been linked with a move for Rochdale's unsettled 20-year-old centre half, Craig Dawson.



We could however face competition for his signature from Championship rivals Middlesbrough and Ipswich.

Rochdale turned down an offer of 400,000 from Middlesbrough in May 2010 and are understood to rate the defender to be worth at least 1 million.

Dawson is clearly looking for a better challenge and has twice handed in transfer requests, both turned down by the club.

Rochdale fans though believe Dawson could be about to leave Spotland after not featuring in a recent friendly against Bradford although the official club line is that he was 'rested'

It is understood Boro might be willing to double their offer whilst Ipswich could even be prepared to make a a 1 million bid thus meeting Rochdale's asking price.

Burnley however are thought to be in the driving seat if the rumours are true since it is understood Dawson would prefer to stay in the North West.

After a spell on Manchester City's books as a youth player, the locally born Rochdale lad started his career with Unibond League side Radcliffe Borough after signing for them in the middle of the 2007-08 season.

He signed for Rochdale in March 2009 although for a time played on loan for his former club before eventually making his debut for Rochdale away to Port Vale in August 2009. Dawson has therefore in his first season helped Rochdale secure their first promotion since 1969!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 2 2010

Time: 10:48AM

Your Comments

Interesting, looks a bright prospect
turfmanphil
He seems to be highly rated, this is from his Wikipedia: It is also thought that Fabio Capello is targeting him as a prospective player for the England squad in upcoming years.
8clarets8
How many centre backs do we already have? Carlisle, Duff, Bikey, Edgar, Cort. Plus McCann can drop back if needed. Then there's at least Long at the younger age. Are there any other junior pros? Kudiersky and Lynch? But if this guy's as good as he might be, maybe we should bring him in and let one or two of the older ones move on?
Couch Potato
You can never turn down a really good player no matter what position it is. If he is as good as people say, you buy him and sell somebody who isn't as good.
skutter169
Apparently a deal of 700.000 plus add ons would be enough to get Dawson but Rochdale are adamant that if nobody comes him for him by Friday (August 6th) then he will be staying at Spotland until at least the January window.
8clarets8
Please, Please, go for it. Just what we want if we can't get the experience. At least there is a good chance of a profit.
cornwallclaret
I don't know anything about him, But 750k + add on's we can afford to take the gamble
Totally_Claret
 

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