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Dawson deal could become permanent

Craig Dawson is proving himself the serious bonus of this season.

And having barely put a foot wrong over the first games of his Hammers career he could find himself as a permanent addition to the squad at the end of the season.

Claretandhugh understands that the deal has an option to buy attached and that the manager is likely to take it up

The Watford centre back was hardly greeted with acclaim in the summer after Burnley turned away bids for James Tarkowski.

But he is showing that the club got it dead right with yet another shred signing to add to the successes of Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Couval as they and the manager develop a new signing policy.

Dawson was again in good form at Stockport last night and clinched a place in the fourth round from a headed goal – the assist being provided by Bowen.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

10 comments on “Dawson deal could become permanent

  1. Given limited resources, this makes sense. As good as Tarkowski is, paying over £25 million for a central defender does not make sense when you we need a new striker, cover for Souchek and Rice in centre midfield and cover at left back.
    The striker is the biggest need now and they usually cost a lot. Dawson has done well and it’s still not clear to me what’s happening with Diop.

  2. Super signing so far, three clean sheets, three wins and a goal – any centre back would take that! Great character clearly to come to us after relegation and be so positive. We’ll done Craig, we’ll done Moyesie. A nifty CF now and the prosecco can be popped!!

  3. He is solid, if you ask me who the first choice would be it is still Balbuena, imho we look a lot better playing the ball out with Balbuena, Dawson is noticably slower and less comfortable with the ball at his feet than Balbuena which allows teams to defend better against us because we move up the field slower. It was curious that Diop wasn’t on the bench, was he one of the team that had to self isolate because they had been in contact with someone that had covid or are they about to sell him ? I wouldn’t mind swapping him for Delle Alli if Spurs are really keen to buy him 🙂

    • Delle give over another over hyped English player that apart from.one good season does nothing also blessed with players in his position so not even needed a cf and a cdm is of top priority

  4. Very quickly becoming one of the first names on the teamsheet. Him and Oggy have looked solid as a rock.

    Dare i say it, West Ham actually look good defensively!

  5. Dawson’s yet another example, so far, of Moysie knowing far, far better than the knee-jerk, spendthrift keyboard warriors that have played a few games on FIFA and think they can run a PL football club. Long may it continue.

  6. I like Dawson, he’s a proper centre back. It’s no coincidence that we have had 3 clean sheets on the bounce with him in the team. He has always been a threat at the other end too, as he proved last night. If we are playing with a back 4 I’d pick him over Balbuena and Diop every time. Him and Ogbonna are made for each other. They look really solid. Sign him up now and release a loan spot in the squad.

  7. Done a job well liked still think Balbuena should get new deal I think he is underrated. Then could maybe do loan deal for striker of can’t get one we want on permanent. Think is relatively cheap too & at 30 deal to 2023 still has good years.
    Hugh how much is it to make Dawson permanent £2m?

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