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Dawson exit pendulum swings again

The will he won’t he leave Craig Dawson saga is winging back toewards “he will” amid Nayef Aguerd’s impressive World Cup form.

The summer signing has been superb for Morocco throughout the group stages, and his country have booked a Round of 16 tie against Spain on Tuesday.

Aguerd’s form, plus Kurt Zouma’s impending return to fitness, means that Daws is likely to slip down David Moyes’ pecking order once more when the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day.

He nearly left in the summer to join Wolves as he was and remains desperate to go back up north and be closer to his family. If all continues as it is and Zouma makes an expected early return he could get his wish!

The Hammers are not likely to stand in his way if a new bid is tabled in January, given that we also have Thilo Kehrer and Angelo Ogbonna who can play at centre-back.

Dawson has been a terrific servant to the Hammers since his arrival but at 32, and has just six months left on his contract, means the Irons would gratefully receive a fee for him in the winter window.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Dawson exit pendulum swings again

  1. Zouma is picking up injuries on a regular basis, Ogbonna likewise – these guys have got to the age where fitness is a real problem – more scrutiny on our ‘Recruitment ‘policy’ (I use the term ‘Recruitment Policy’ loosely – it’s more like a car-crash!) 🤬

  2. Daws wants and needs to go and it would be crazy to try to force him to stay and see out the year contract. Moyes was given free reign and he signed Aguerd and Kehrer – he has told us he would only recruit players to improve us – so play them mixed in with Zouma and Oggie and get on with it. Moyes moved on Diop and all the young U23 defenders so show us the plan.

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