Aden Flint's move means West Brom must keep Craig Dawson

West Bromwich Albion's caretaker manager Darren Moore gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St...

West Bromwich Albion had been linked with Aden Flint, but he has joined one of their Championship rivals.

West Bromwich Albion's caretaker manager Darren Moore gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St...

While West Brom may have been relegated last season, their form to end the campaign suggested that if they could keep the majority of their squad together this summer, Darren Moore stands a fantastic chance of overseeing a promotion in his first full season in charge.

The Baggies were never going to be able to hold onto all of those important squad members, but one of the men that Moore would surely love to keep at all costs is Craig Dawson.

Craig Dawson of West Bromwich Albion takes a shot past Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool in the build up to an own goal scored by Joel Matip of Liverpool during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round...

Dawson was arguably one of their best performers last year and provides the kind of versatility that has always made him a key figure amongst the squad. Unsurprisingly, he appears to be attracting attention this summer.

The Telegraph reported earlier this week that West Ham had seen a £13 million bid rejected for the 28-year-old, with West Brom only prepared to sell for a figure above £20 million. It is an understandable stance, but it is one that they should perhaps toughen further now that one of their reported targets has joined a Championship rival.

The Daily Star previously reported that West Brom were one of the teams keen on signing Aden Flint after his superb spell with Bristol City. It is not clear how interested Moore was in signing Flint, but one thing that is for certain is that he will not be a Baggies player next season.

Aden Flint of Bristol City celebrates scoring his sides first goal but it is later disallowed during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Bristol City and Manchester United at...

As reported by BBC Sport, the 28-year-old has joined Middlesbrough for a reported £7 million. Flint is the kind of player who would have undoubtedly improved West Brom's ranks, so his move to a rival is a blow.

And given Flint's quality and how difficult it will be to find an alternative target, West Brom fans will surely be urging the club's hierarchy to do absolutely everything they can to make sure that Dawson is not playing his football elsewhere next term also.

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