Report: West Brom reject Watford's loan bid for Craig Dawson

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City at The Hawthorns on August 27, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

West Bromwich Albion are closing in on the end of the transfer window but Craig Dawson is still reportedly attracting Premier League interest.

West Bromwich Albion's English defender Craig Dawson (C) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (L) to head the ball during the English Premier League football match...

West Bromwich Albion have made it clear all summer that they would not be accepting reduced deals for their key players despite being relegated from the Premier League in May.

According to the Express and Star, the Baggies are refusing to budge on Craig Dawson’s £20 million price-tag, so it was always unlikely that they would be willing to accept Watford’s low offer for the versatile defender.

 

Sky Sports (live blog, 1.24pm) are claiming that Watford have offered £750,000 up front to take Dawson on loan for the 2018/19 season. They would allegedly be willing to buy him permanently next summer but would only pay £10 million, paid in instalments across the next four years.

Understandably, this has been dismissed by a West Brom side who want double that £10 million fee for one of their prized assets.

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 one of the few players whose reputation remained intact as the Baggies finished bottom of the Premier League in 2017/18. And the BBC reported in July that he handed in a transfer request in order to force a move away from The Hawthorns.

But West Brom deserve credit for sticking to their guns, although there is still a day of transfer activity remaining.

West Bromwich Albion's English defender Craig Dawson (L) vies with Newcastle United's French midfiielder Florian Lejeune (R) during the English Premier League football match between...

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