West Ham have made Watford defender Craig Dawson their number one target after missing out on Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori on deadline day.
According to The Sun, the Hammers have now switched their attention to the Hornets enforcer and will need to come up with a bid of £4 million to sign him.
The 30-year-old signed for Watford from West Brom in the summer of 2019 for £5.5 million and played 30 times for the club last season.
Dawson has fallen out of favour under new boss Vladimir Ivic, however, making just one Carabao Cup appearance this season.
That could mean his days at Vicarage Road are numbered and West Ham are keen to take advantage of him falling down the pecking order.
David Moyes was desperate to land a centre-back prior to the deadline last night but ultimately failed in his efforts.
Tomori was thought to be a certainty to arrive at the London Stadium but opted against the move at the eleventh hour.
Dawson is an experienced performer and during his career he has made 182 Premier League appearances, scoring 14 goals.
West Ham have picked up in recent weeks. First, they thrashed Wolves 4-0 at home and on Sunday they secured a stunning 3-0 win over Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
The Hammers have until October 16th to sign EFL players but he will surely welcome the chance to work with Dawson on the training ground before the next game.
The uncompromising central defender might not have been the first choice for West Ham but he’s a capable performer.
He boasts a strong aerial presence and his experience could help a young Hammers squad considerably.
Even if Dawson isn’t the first choice for Moyes he’d represent a solid squad player for the 2020/21 campaign.