West Ham still keen to sign experienced defender before domestic deadline


West Ham made progress in their attempts to sign Craig Dawson from Watford on deadline day – and still have 10 days to conclude a deal.

David Moyes has been keen to add a centre-back to his squad all summer. However, West Ham lost out in the race for Wesley Fofana to Leicester City, before failing in a late attempt to sign Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea.

The transfer window closed at 11pm on October 5th, with West Ham yet to add a centre-back as Moyes desires.

However, they still could have a chance to bolster their ranks this month, as Premier League clubs can still do business with EFL clubs until October 16th.

According to Football Insider, the Hammers have their eyes on a player who suffered relegation last season to ease Moyes’ concerns.

Watford defender Dawson is the man in question, having failed to feature in any of the Hornets’ four Championship games so far this season.

The 30-year-old has Premier League experience after previously spending seven seasons in the top flight with West Brom.

West Ham could offer him a return to the first tier, with Football Insider claiming they made progress in negotiations on Monday.

Now, they have over a week to finalise the deal.


Wilshere aims dig at Moyes after release

Meanwhile, one piece of business that West Ham did complete on deadline day was to terminate the contract of Jack Wilshere.

The former Arsenal midfielder has struggled for gametime since moving to the club two years ago.

However, Wilshere released a statement claiming he had been fit despite being overlooked by Moyes.

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