West Ham signs Watford defender Dawson on loan

Craig Dawson, who spent the majority of his career at West Bromwich Albion before moving to Watford in 2019, has made over 180 appearances in the top flight.

Craig Dawson has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan deal.   -  TWITTER/WEST HAM

West Ham United has signed Watford centre back Craig Dawson on a season-long loan, the Premier League club said on Monday.

Dawson, who spent the majority of his career at West Bromwich Albion before moving to Watford in 2019, has made over 180 appearances in the top flight.

“I'm delighted to welcome Craig to the club. He's a fantastic professional with proven quality and experience in the Premier League,” West Ham boss David Moyes said of the 30-year-old.

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“It's no secret that we've 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.

“The opportunity bring in Craig on loan was an addition that will make the group stronger through this period.”

West Ham made unsuccessful bids to try and sign James Tarkowski from Burnley while Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori was also linked with a loan move.

Although the transfer window closed on October 5, the domestic window is open till October 16. Premier League clubs can trade players with those in the lower tiers of the English Football League.

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Watford wes relegated to the second-tier Championship last season after it finished 19th in a season where Dawson made 29 league appearances.

West Ham is 10th in the standings after four games and next plays London rival Tottenham Hotspur away on Sunday.

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