West Ham United are expected to seal an unpopular move for defender Craig Dawson today and it is all Tottenham Hotspur’s fault.

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That’s according to respected Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, the man who first broke the news of Sebastien Haller’s move to West Ham last summer.

West Ham and bitter rivals Tottenham have had very differing transfer windows.

Spurs have signed six players, including Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale on loan and Spain left-back Sergio Reguilon.

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West Ham and Tottenham have contrasting windows

Tottenham have also made quality additions in the form of Matt Doherty, Carlos Vinicius and defensive midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

West Ham meanwhile have allowed nine players to leave including young star Grady Diangana and £35m signing Felipe Anderson.

And to date David Moyes has signed just one, right-back Vladimir Coufal.

Now another defender looks set to join West Ham in an unpopular transfer which has been driven by Tottenham.

According to West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh and a host of other sources, the £2-3million deal to sign Dawson from relegated Watford is at an advanced stage.

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Hammers fans unhappy with impending Dawson signing and it is Tottenham’s fault

Dawson, 30, was a mainstay of the West Brom defence for six years before they were relegated in 2018/19.

The imminent West Ham arrival then signed for Watford last summer before once again being relegated.

For West Ham fans the signing is hugely underwhelming, even if Dawson is set to be signed as back-up.

Hammers fans are asking the question ‘Did we really leave Upton Park for this?’.

But others see it as necessary, cheap and sensible squad filling by David Moyes who has been left with just 20 senior players following nine departures since the end of June.

West Ham and Tottenham share a keen interest in Swansea and Wales defender Joe Rodon (Daily Star).

Both Moyes and Jose Mourinho want the 22-year-old before the domestic window closes on Friday.

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‘Rodon’s Spurs preference forced West Ham move for Dawson’ – Schira

But it appears West Ham have been forced to admit defeat in the battle with Tottenham for Rodon and settle for Dawson instead.

According to Italian journalist Schira, Rodon has made it clear he prefers a move to Tottenham over the Hammers.

“Joe Rodon (Swansea) prefers Tottenham to West Ham, which have opened talks with Watford for another centre-back,” Schira said on Twitter.

“Hammers want Craig Dawson (personal terms already agreed). Watford sports director Giaretta asked €4M (£3.5m) to sell him.”

So it appears Tottenham are to blame for West Ham’s move for Dawson.

That will not go down well with West Ham fans.

It comes after Moyes revealed West Ham have failed with a host of bids for defenders this summer in an interview with whufc.com.

According to The Daily Star Rodon favours a move to Spurs because he wants to play with Bale.

West Ham and Spurs face each other this Sunday in the Premier League.

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