West Ham sign Craig Dawson on a season-long loan from Watford as David Moyes finally lands defensive reinforcement before Friday’s domestic transfer deadline
- West Ham have completed the signing of Craig Dawson on a season-long loan
- The club have the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season
- David Moyes has been looking to add defensive reinforcements all summer
- The manager hailed Dawson as a ‘fantastic professional’ with great experience
Manager David Moyes has been forced to scour the Championship for central defensive reinforcements after missing out on a number of central defenders before last Monday’s main transfer deadline.
But the additional domestic window, which expires on Friday, gave him extra time to bolster his backline and he has managed to strike a deal to sign experienced defender Dawson.
West Ham have completed the signing of defender Craig Dawson on a season-long loan
The 30 year-old, who can play as a centre-back or right-back, said: ‘I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to being back in the Premier League and working with the manager and group of lads,’ he said. ‘I’m really excited and looking ahead to the game at the weekend.
‘I can’t wait to get started and share my experience. We’ve got a lot of experienced lads here anyway and to be joining this group of players is an exciting prospect, so I can’t wait.
‘It’s a talented group and I can add competition to that back line, so hopefully I can slot straight in with the lads and help them improve their game as well.
‘West Ham is obviously a massive club and London Stadium is a great home stadium and hopefully the fans are back soon cheering us on.’
Dawson’s move includes an option to make the switch permanent next summer.
Moyes said: ‘He is a fantastic professional with proven quality and experience in the Premier League.
‘It’s no secret that we have been trying to add more quality to the squad in defensive positions, not only for the longer-term but also to ensure we are well protected right now, and the opportunity bring in Craig on loan was an addition that will make the group stronger through this period.
‘I know he will be a great addition to the dressing-room – he is a committed and determined character.’