Blackburn, PNE, Rangers and Derby eye Dawson

Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday keeper Cameron Dawson is reportedly on the radar of other Championship clubs and Rangers as his contract runs down towards expiry next year.

The Sheffield Star state that Dawson is attracting the interest of Derby County, Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End and the Scottish title-chasers as Wednesday run the risk of losing their homegrown talent.

The 24-year-old has largely acted as the understudy to first-choice Keiren Westwood at Hillsborough but, with just a matter of months left on his Owls agreement, several clubs are sniffing around.

Blackburn, for instance, look a bit light in the goalkeeping department after losing former first-choice David Raya to Brentford in the summer.

They have 30-year-old Jayson Leutweiler backing up new number one Christian Walton at Ewood Park, but the Canada international has only ever played in eight Championship matches, with most of his experience gained at a lower level.

Rangers could have a vacancy in the summer when Wes Foderingham’s contract expires and may be looking for a younger option to back up 37-year-old number one Allan McGregor.

So Wednesday have been warned and there appears to be no progress in talks to renew Dawson’s Hillsborough deal.

He came through the ranks at Wednesday and made his senior debut as a half-time substitute against Brighton and Hove Albion three years ago.

The avid Owls fan was eventually handed the No.1 jersey in the first half of the 2018/19 season after then boss Jos Luhukay ostracised Westwood from the squad.

But Westwood regained his place after the sacking of Luhukay last December and, but for a recent suspension, has dominated the position ever since.

Dawson has recorded three clean sheets from his five starts and one substitute appearance this term, which left manager Garry Monk to freely admit it was his “toughest” selection decision since taking over the reins to play Westwood ahead of him in the Yorkshire derby with Leeds United last month.

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