The Birmingham Mail has reported that West Brom boss Darren Moore is claiming Craig Dawson is still a part of his plans this season, but Nottingham Forest should test his resolve with a big bid for the wantaway defender.
Earlier this summer, Dawson submitted a transfer request and refused to go on a preseason trip to Portugal in the hope of gaining a move straight back to the Premier League after West Brom had been relegated, according to the BBC.
Watford and West Ham both had bids rejected for the 28-year-old during the Premier League’s transfer window, according to Sky Sports, and Burnley also saw a combined £25m bid for Dawson and Jay Rodriguez rejected by the Baggies.
The central-defender is yet to return to the West Brom matchday squad this season and, although the deadline to sign players on a permanent basis has closed, clubs in the English Football League can still make loan signings.
Aitor Karanka has already spent big this summer, signing 13 players for his Forest side and breaking the club’s transfer record to bring in Joao Carvalho from Benfica for £13.2m, with some help from super agent Jorge Mendes.
However, despite the spending, Forest have looked shaky at the back when balls have been delivered into the box and although it is yet to cost them it could be something that Karanka looks to adress before the loan deadline closes.
With 180 appearances for West Brom, Dawson certainly has the experience and the quality to plug this gap and would help Forest to challenge for promotion. It would certainly take a big loan fee to lure him to another Championship club, but otherwise the 28-year-old may miss his chance to secure a move away from the Hawthorns.