West Ham have been linked with defender Craig Dawson at Watford – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter have reacted furiously to the speculation.
The Daily Mail reports that the Hammers are targeting the 30-year-old centre-back late in the summer transfer window and that he fits the profile of what manager David Moyes is looking for.
It is understood that they have turned attention to him after being priced out of a move for James Tarkowski at Burnley.
Dawson is the latest centre-half to be linked with a possible move to the London Stadium this summer and there are just a few days left for the club to try conclude some business.
He is an experienced centre-back at top-flight level and strong in the air, but he was part of a Watford team that were relegated last season and he doesn’t have great pace.
Despite being sat on the bench at Championship club Watford right now and not being a glamorous target, he previously showed his ability during a nine-year spell at West Brom and
A selection of West Ham supporters on social media are angry with the Dawson speculation, with one fan suggesting they are preparing for relegation this season.
It’s been a bleak summer for the club due to incidents like the sale of Grady Diangana and losing their opening two league matches, but they did sign right-back Vladimir Coufa on Friday and smashed Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 in their last match.
Here are some Hammers fans on Dawson:
R u 4 Real a championship player what a joke 😂😂😂 https://t.co/7OiMPv2q9d
— Jon mahoney (@Jonmahoney110) October 2, 2020
This has to be a wind up surely…. https://t.co/EcgfTjNEY1
— Matt Nash 父 (@MattNash93) October 2, 2020
Were finished.😴😴😴 https://t.co/J8OLF2RZin
— Danny Boy⚒#GSBOUT (@Hammer_Dan3) October 2, 2020
— Khaleem Azam (@AzamWHUFC) October 2, 2020
Craig Dawson from Watford is barely Championship standard let alone PL – takes a lot for a defender to make Balbuena look competent these days but Dawson manages to do so. Wouldn’t even by a viable option ahead of Balbuena in the squad pecking order, let alone a starting position
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) October 2, 2020
Rather promote someone from the academy than someone who’s been relegated twice in last couple years 😂
— Lewis Davies (@lewis_davies11) October 2, 2020
Surely this is a joke. Slowest defender. About 300 years old. What Moyes said about young talent has gone out the window then?
— Dom 🎷💧🎿 #GSBOUT (@domchandler8) October 2, 2020
Disgrace. Sully preparing for the championship #GSBOUT
— Tiba #GSBOUT (@Tibaa21) October 2, 2020