Craig Dawson: West Ham United Defender Close to Triggering Permanent Move

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Watford loanee and West Ham United defender Craig Dawson is reportedly close to triggering a permanent move to the London Stadium. According to David Ornstein, Dawson needs just three more starts to turn his loan move into a permanent deal worth up to £2 million. 

With 11 games left in the season, too, and Dawson in the form of his life, those two starts are almost certain to arrive. Should the move become permanent, Dawson will go from Championship football to the verge of European football within a year. 

Craig Dawson: West Ham Defender Close to Triggering Permanent Move

An Unexpected Rise

When Craig Dawson joined West Ham on loan from Watford, many were quick to categorize him as nothing more than a back-up defender. Yet, here we are in March, with the season coming to an end, and Dawson is playing a crucial role in the Hammers’ unexpected rise. 

Nobody could have predicted his importance at the London Stadium- perhaps not even himself. But, at 30, he has gone from a Watford outcast to one of the signings of the season at West Ham. 

He has played a part in the surprise package of the season at West Ham under David Moyes. Many expected the Hammers to stagnate in mid-table- especially after an opening day loss to Newcastle United.

Here they stand, however, above Liverpool, above Arsenal, above Tottenham Hotspur, and edging closer to European qualification. 

In a way, Dawson’s form sums up the season. If you told a Premier League fan that West Ham defender Craig Dawson had a better chance of playing Champions League football next season than Virgil van Dijk, they probably would have laughed hysterically. 

But nobody is laughing anymore. Instead, they are watching on in awe as the underdog story of the season unfolds. They’ve got 11 games left to complete a truly remarkable story.


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