West Ham United want to sign Craig Dawson permanently when his loan deal comes to an end, according to a report from the Watford Observer.
For a long time, it appeared to be a bizarre decision to bring Dawson in on loan. He had been relegated from the Premier League in two of the previous three seasons. And he went into late December still awaiting his debut for the Hammers.
Since then however, Dawson has impressed on a number of occasions. In the three games he has started, West Ham have won two and are yet to concede a single goal.
And of course, it was the 30-year-old who scored the decisive goal in their FA Cup tie with Stockport on Monday.
According to the Watford Observer, West Ham are planning to make Dawson’s move permanent in the summer. It is suggested that they are hopeful of holding onto the defender.
As noted by a previous report from the same publication, the Irons have the option to make the deal permanent. So it would appear that a move could be a formality if Dawson is keen to stay at the London Stadium.
As cover, Dawson is proving to be a shrewd signing.
There have certainly been signs that suggest that he can rediscover the form that he was showing when at his best at West Brom before his Vicarage Road move.