West Ham United have announced that the club will complete a permanent transfer for Craig Dawson from Watford at end of 2020-21 season.
Since arriving on loan in October 2020, Dawson has gone on to contribute four goals in 17 appearances across all competitions despite producing two own goals last month, as West Ham currently sit fourth in Premier League with eight games left.
Dawson will sign a two-year contract keeping him at the London Stadium until June 2023, with the 30 year-old feeling that the club is very close as a team, saying; “The squad has a real togetherness, team spirit and great quality.”
As for his and the club’s potential future together now that Europe looks set to be on the cards next season, Dawson said; “I’m excited for what my future at the Club may hold and the potential for what we as a Club can go on to achieve.”
Hammers Manager, David Moyes added that he feels the decision to make Dawson’s move is justified, commenting; “Craig’s performances, attitude and the impact he’s had demonstrate why he deserves a permanent deal.”
Moyes also acknowledged Dawson’s wealth of Premier League experience with West Bromwich Albion and Watford, describing his top-flight quality as “really important” for West Ham not just for this season’s run-in but for coming seasons too.
On Dawson’s initial lack of game time in the first half of this season, Moyes commended the defender for his perseverance until Dawson seized the opportunity at Southampton to establish himself in defence in that he “… grabbed his opportunity with both hands.”
Watford meanwhile released a short statement in which they confirmed that clauses within his loan move had been met and concluded by adding; “We wish Craig all the best for the remainder of his career.”
Dawson is just one of various West Ham players to pledge their future to the club after captain, Mark Noble signed a new final one-year contract for 2021-22 season last month.