West Bromwich Albion plan to reject a £25million offer from Burnley for Jay Rodriguez and Craig Dawson. The Clarets have ramped up their pursuit for the pair and have made an official enquiry about both players. However the Baggies have no intention of selling their two prize assets for such a small amount and are set to reject the offer.
Although the club are aware they could lose players this summer, Dawson has two years left on his contract whilst Jay Rodriguez has three, which leaves Albion in a very strong negotiating position.
It would take a bid of more than £20m to get the Baggies to entertain the idea of selling top scorer Rodriguez, and after four years in the Premier League, Dawson is valued at around the same price. However the lure of Premier League & Europa League football will prove great for both Dawson and Rodriguez. Burnley is also the home town club of Jay Rodriguez and he came through the youth ranks at Turf Moor.
Burnley tried to sign him last summer when he joined Albion from Southampton for £12m but were unwilling to pay his £65,000-a-week wages. However, West Bromwich players all received a 50 per cent pay cut following relegation, allowing the Clarets to offer Jay Rodriguez a better deal than the Baggies. Bournemouth are also interested in Rodriguez, who enjoyed his best moments at Turf Moor under Cherries boss Eddie Howe.
Dawson has developed into a reliable Premier League defender since joining Albion from Rochdale eight years ago. The former England under-21 international now has more than 150 top-flight appearances and can play either right-back or centre-back.
Burnley have also been weighing up a bid for winger Matt Phillips, who is wanted by former Baggies boss Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough too, but are primarily keen on Rodriguez and Dawson.