West Ham United are edging closer to making the permanent signing of Craig Dawson it seems, with the defender just three appearances away from triggering an agreement in his current deal with the Hammers.
The Athletic have recently revealed that the 30-year-old has a clause in his contract with West Ham that will see him sign permanently for the club once he’s made another three starts for them.
The Hammers paid a £1million loan fee for Dawson, but will only be required to pay Watford a further £2million to make the deal permanent.
Dawson has made 16 appearances for David Moyes’ side in all competitions this term, and has chipped in with four goals for the club, which also includes a goal in their recent win over Leeds United earlier this week.
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, former Leeds United man Noel Whelan reacted to the news that the Hammers are set to sign Dawson permanently in the near future.
“It’s staggering to think for that kind of player.
“He’s got that kind of experience and quality that you get from a top centre-half. He’s got the desire and need.
“For £3million, he’s got to be the deal of the year.”
Watford are coping well without Dawson though, with Xisco Munoz’s side sat second in the Championship table, and they’ll be eager to pull further clear of the promotion-chasing teams around them in the second-tier standings at the earliest of opportunities.
Dawson and his West Ham team-mates are next in action on Sunday evening, when they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, in what is certain to be a tricky test for David Moyes’ side.
Whilst Watford are back in action in midweek, when they face relegation-threatened Rotherham United at the New York Stadium on Tuesday.
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It’s a bargain for the Hammers.
Dawson has been brilliant for West Ham since arriving at the club earlier this season, and it will have been a no-brainer for David Moyes’ side to activate that clause in his contract.
The defender is likely to be one of the first names on the team-sheet at the moment with the Premier League side, and Watford are will be be slightly frustrated that they’ll lose him for such a minimal fee.
It’s a great piece of business by West Ham though, and it’ll be one of the shrewdest bits of business in the top-flight this term if Dawson can continue to impress.