Scotland and West Brom central midfielder Graham Dorrans has hit the headlines in recent weeks after his glittering performances have attracted the interest of a host of top flight clubs.
Everton are the latest in a long line of sides interested in the box to box midfielder with Moyes hoping his previous success in plucking players from England’s second tier such as Joleon Lescott and Tim Cahill will prove successful once again.
The prices being bandied about at present are around the £6m mark, which seems a fair price for the tenacious Scot. Able to pass the ball well, something which goes without saying for most of West Brom’s squad, he’s been an ever present in a side looking to bounce back into the top flight.
West Brom at present are second in the Championship table and despite being six points off Newcastle in top spot they have a consistency about them that other promotion hopefuls such as Forest, Swansea and Leicester do not have and their ability to grind out results as a testament to their side as much as it is Dorrans. With a return to England’s elite looking likely it remains to be seen whether the yo-yo club will be willing to part with one of their most prized assets.
Dorrans has scored 13 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions this season, a record not to be sniffed at and it’s in his ability to arrive late in the box and finish off a move that’s impressed most managers, very much akin to a young Frank Lampard in style. His ability with the ball has also pleased the Hawthorns faithful and he’s formed a decent partnership in the middle with Youssouf Mulumbu this season.
He is without a doubt one of the Championship’s finest central midfield players and the conversion from Championship title hopefuls to mid table Premiership team is not that great a jump and is one he’ll be able to do seamlessly on ability alone. A successful signing by Tony Mowbray from Livingstone in the summer of 2008 for £150k, he broke into the first team towards the back end of last season and has not relinquished his place in the starting eleven since. The rumoured £6m bid would be a great return for West Brom in what has proved an astute buy, but whether it would be to the detriment of the squad is certainly questionable.
With Stoke, Everton and Wigan among his suitors, a move to a club of the stature of Everton would be hard to turn down for the newly capped Scotland international. His all action style is well suited to the hustle and bustle of the Premiership and his willingness to track back and get stuck in will have drawn admiring glances from opposition managers and pundits alike.
Dorran will most likely be plying his trade in the top flight next season – whether that will be with either West Brom or another club remains to be seen, but the young midfielder 22 year old midfielder is certainly one to keep an eye on for the future.