Hammers confirm Dawson signing

West Ham United have confirmed the loan signing of experienced defender, Craig Dawson, from Watford.

The 30-year-old arrives on a season-long deal. The Rochdale-born player made 30 appearances for the Hornets during the last campaign. Previously, Dawson enjoyed an eight-year spell with West Bromwich Albion, appearing 225 times for the Black Country club.

After putting pen to paper at the London Stadium, Dawson told www.whufc.com: “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 backline, 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 in there soon cheering us on.”

Meanwhile, Hammers boss, David Moyes, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Craig to the Club. 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. We wish Craig all the best during his time here and I look forward to working with him for the rest of the season.”

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Brian Jeeves

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