Hammers centre-back Craig Dawson is allegedly still keen to leave West Ham United in the January transfer window.

That’s according to Caught Offside who claim that £4 million will be enough to get a deal done for any interested buyers.

Dawson was actually really close to leaving the London Stadium in the summer, but Moyes failed to sign a replacement in time according to a report from The Daily Mail.

And it has already been suggested by club insiders that the 32-year-old still has his eye on returning closer to his home in the north of England.

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It will be sad to lose Dawson, and David Moyes will definitely want to keep him at the club.

However, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023, selling him in January might well be the prudent play.

And it seems as though there centre-back could well be on his way in January…

Craig Dawson wants West Ham exit in January

Caught Offside suggest that the ex West Brom and Watford defender is keen to move on from West Ham in January.

The Daily Mail reckon that Wolves and Aston Villa were interested in signing the 32-year-old defender in the summer.

So it will be interesting to see if either of those two clubs come back in for him when the transfer window opens this winter.

Losing Dawson would obviously be a really big blow for the Hammers.

We are well covered in central defence, but Dawson’s influence both on and off the pitch cannot be underestimated.

Many fans and so-called pundits view Dawson as an old-school, no nonsense defender, and in some ways, that’s exactly what he is.

The truth though, is that the 32-year-old has so much more about him than that.

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He originally joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from Watford in October 2020. West Ham then made his move to the London Stadium a permanent one for a further £3 million in the summer of 2021 (The Sun).

Daws has established himself as a cult hero at West Ham but he’s actually a lot more than that. He’s a very good good defender, and labelling him as a cult hero really doesn’t do him justice.

The 32-year-old is one of the best passers amongst the West Ham centre-backs now having worked really hard to improve that aspect of his game, and he deserves huge credit for that.

Dawson has proven that you shouldn’t ever judge a book by its cover.

He has been absolutely superb for the Hammers for the past two years.

It seems as though the West Ham Craig Dawson story could be set for a sad ending though…like many other love stories!

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