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Domino effect: Dawson to Burnley could open the door for Leeds to move for Long

Domino effect: Dawson to Burnley could open the door for Leeds to move for Long

According to Sky Sports, West Brom have quoted Burnley a fee of £40 million for Craig Dawson and Jay Rodriguez.

Reportedly, Burnley have yet to meet the Baggies’ demands, though Craig Dawson has since handed in an official transfer request. If the Clarets maintain their interest, then this is a deal that looks like it could happen this summer.

The addition of Dawson – who is as equally adept at centre-back as he is at right-back – to Sean Dyche’s squad would likely force Kevin Long even further down the pecking order at Turf Moor.

Long is already a back up option, serving as cover for the settled pairing of James Tarkowski and Ben Mee. Dyche would likely consider Dawson capable of combining his right-back duties with providing cover for the first choice central pairing. This would make Long fourth in line for game time, whilst working under a manager who avoids chopping and changing his starting XI as much as possible.

At 27-years-old, Long may feel at this stage of his career that he’d prefer to be playing week in week out. That would probably necessitate a drop to Championship level for the Republic of Ireland international.

The Breakdown

Leeds United will be desperate to bring in defensive reinforcements during this transfer window.

With only three centre-backs currently on the books at Elland Road, and Liam Cooper having struggled to perform with any consistency last season, the arrival of a centre-back with Premier League experience would be welcomed with open arms.

Given the issues Leeds have at the back, Kevin Long would almost certainly be a guaranteed starter upon his arrival. 

If first team football is what Long wants, then this is a move that suits all involved. 

Transfermarkt value Long at £2.25 million, making him a potential bargain for Leeds this summer.

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