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.