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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Baggies reject Dawson transfer plea

Craig Dawson wants to leave West Brom
Craig Dawson wants to leave West Brom

West Brom have rejected a transfer request from defender Craig Dawson.

Press Association Sport understands the Baggies have refused the 24-year-old's request as new manager Alan Irvine assesses the squad he inherited from Pepe Mel.

He is the second West Brom player to be denied a move after George Thorne, who spent last season on loan at Watford and then Derby, received a similar response.

Dawson has been linked in recent weeks with a move to newly-promoted Burnley, and the arrival of Joleon Lescott at the Hawthorns will do little to enhance his chances of first-team involvement next season.

The Rochdale-born player, who joined the Baggies from his home-town club in August 2010, made 15 senior appearances last season, 12 of them in the Barclays Premier League and 10 of those starts.

However, for much of the campaign, he provided back-up to Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson.

Meanwhile, Albion striker Victor Anichebe has warned the club's youngsters to be ready to take their chance as Irvine prepares to start work in earnest.

Anichebe emerged from the ranks at Everton during Irvine's time as assistant to David Moyes, and is confident he will look to youth in his new role.

He told the club's official website, "The players will enjoy great training sessions, they will enjoy the way he plays and they will enjoy his character as a person, especially the younger players.

"They are the ones who are going to be the future, and we have got a few really good, exciting young players. He will give them a chance if they are up for it and they are eager.

"I think that's something Albion fans should look forward to."

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