In Focus: Dawson could be calm presence at the back for Everton

Everton are keeping a close eye on West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson ahead of a potential summer move, according to The Sun.

What’s the word?

The Baggies’ chances of staying in the Premier League look bleak as they are rooted to the bottom of the standings, eight points adrift from safety.

With that in mind, The Sun reports that a host of first-team players could leave The Hawthorns, including Jonny Evans, Jay Rodriguez, Ben Foster and Dawson.

The newspaper adds that Everton, as well as Burnley and Crystal Palace, are keeping tabs on Dawson, who has been a West Brom player since his 2010 move from Rochdale.

The Toffees attempted to strengthen their defence last summer with the signing of Michael Keane from Burnley, but the team have still encountered problems.

Is Dawson a good option?

The Englishman’s name may not carry the same gravitas as others, but Dawson has proven time and again that he is a reliable figure at the back.

The 27-year-old is versatile in that he can also play at right-back, but in the centre of defence is where he performs best.

If Everton were to nab his signature, they would get a calming presence, but Dawson can also be an asset when it comes to set pieces at the other end of the pitch.

The Merseyside outfit already have a handful of players vying for the centre-back position, including Keane, Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Mason Holgate and Ramrio Funes Mori.

In order to bring in a new man at the back, a few others may need to be shipped out.