Cameron Dawson isn’t exactly a household name, but he appears to be attracting major interest.
The 24-year-old Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper not only grew up supporting the Owls, but came up through the club’s ranks too.
Dawson has spent most of this season backing up Keiren Westwood, making just four Championship appearances – but there is mounting interest in his services.
The Sheffield Star claimed last week that Preston want to sign Dawson, but face competition from Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Rangers.
With Declan Rudd, Michael Crowe, Mathew Hudson and loaned-out Chris Maxwell out of contract at the end of the season, Dawson – whose deal also ends next summer – could make some sense as a budget stopper.
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Wednesday won’t want to see Dawson leave for free, but they are now in real danger of that happening. Unless the Owls can tempt him into staying, Dawson could well explore other options come January.
The rumours have sparked a big reaction from Wednesday fans, with many believing that the club should respond to the interest immediately by offering him a new deal to stay with his boyhood club.
Some feel that Wednesday will regret losing Dawson, backing him as a long-term replacement for Westwood. Others think he will be Wednesday’s first-choice goalkeeper next season, seemingly rating him highly.
There’s a fear that Wednesday will somehow allow a homegrown talent like Dawson to leave, and their positive verdict on the goalkeeper should be a sign that Preston have identified a strong target.