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Hammer was so close to exit

Craig Dawson was so close to leaving West Ham in the summer.

A new report from The Athletic makes it clear that the veteran centre-back was two hours away from a move to Wolves.

The two clubs had agreed a fee worth £4m and staff at Wolves were preparing for the player’s medical.

The Hammers, as we reported on the day, turned their attentions to signing Southampton centre-back Jan Bednarek as his replacement.

Bednarek, though, decided to move to Aston Villa instead, on a season-long loan, and that put paid to Dawson’s potential move to the Hammers, with Wolves informed two hours before the medical was booked.

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Dawson has a contract that expires in 2023 so there is every chance that a move could be revisited in January, provided the Hammers can source a replacement.

Nayef Aguerd may be fit then, of course, while the other options in defence are Thilo Kehrer, Kurt Zouma, and Angelo Ogbonna.

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About Dave Langton

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.

3 comments on “Hammer was so close to exit

  1. West Ham are much more solid with Dawson in the team, and I liked Kehrer at right back the other day. I know that Wolves were woeful but we looked much better! 😉

    Dawson is a competitor and has become an important player for the Club, possibly the most important player alongside Declan Rice. It would have been a disaster if he had left! 😳

  2. “Bednarek, though, decided to move to Aston Villa instead, on a season-long loan, and that put paid to Dawson’s potential move to the Hammers, with Wolves informed two hours before the medical was booked.”

    Damn! We sure could have found a place for a defender of Dawson’s quality in the Hammers team! I guess we’ll never know now. Or will we!

  3. I agree 100% with Michael. Everything should be done to keep Craig and keep him happy. A Baggies fan I know said that he was brilliant for them until he had his head turned by Spurs rumors.
    I do not think that there is any coincidence between his absence and our poor early season form.

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