REPORT: West Ham United in Advanced Talks to Sign Watford Defender Craig Dawson

Craig Dawson West Ham

West Ham United are in advanced talks over the signing of Watford defender Craig Dawson, according to Sky Sports News.

A deal for the 30-year-old is expected to settle David Moyes’ desire to improve his team at centre-back.

West Ham United in Talks to Sign Craig Dawson

Craig Dawson an Experienced Addition for West Ham

West Ham have been active in their hunt for a new centre-back ever since the extended summer transfer window first opened. But with multiple bids rejected for Burnley man James Tarkowski, it has taken the Hammers until now, with days of the domestic transfer window remaining, to find a suitable addition to their squad.

Former West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson is an experienced Premier League defender, and should this deal happen, is set for a return to the top flight following Watford’s relegation last season.

Dawson made 29 league appearances last season and was on the scoresheet twice. However, he was unable to prevent the Hornets from suffering relegation in a campaign where four different managers had attempted to keep them up.

David Moyes will know he is signing a player of vast experience. Prior to moving to Watford ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, Dawson made 225 appearances for West Brom, having been on the books at the Hawthorns for almost nine years.

Brentford forward Said Benrahma could be another new addition at the London Stadium ahead of the domestic deadline. The Algerian caught the eye in the Championship last season as Brentford progressed to the play-off final, where they were beaten by Fulham.

Benrahma scored 17 goals in 43 league games, also registering nine assists.

West Ham Saw Bid Rejected for Joshua King

The Hammers have also been in contact with Bournemouth over a deal for Norway international Joshua King. The  London club reportedly had a bid in the region of £13 million rejected.

King played in 26 Premier League games last season, scoring six times in the competition.


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