West Ham United fans have reacted with delight at a late transfer twist involving the signing of defender Craig Dawson.

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The Hammers had been heavily linked with the Watford defender over the course of the window.

Speculation did not go down well with fans who expect a higher calibre of player after leaving their beloved Upton Park on the promise of a new era for the club when it comes to competing with the elite in the transfer market.

But West Ham pressed ahead and signed Dawson anyway.

There was a late twist in the deal, though, as the 30-year-old only joined on loan for the season rather than the permanent two or three-year deal they had been expecting (whufc.com).

West Ham United Unveil New Signing Craig Dawson
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Relief after late twist in Dawson deal

The fact West Ham fans were delighted by that news sums up the feeling surrounding the Dawson move.

West Ham fans feel a loan move makes much more sense given David Moyes’s admission the club has struggled in a host of much-publicised moves for some top young defenders (whufc.com).

Dawson will effectively be fourth or fifth choice cover for the season. Presumably until West Ham can go back into the market in January or next summer and get a top target.

It is easy to see why West Ham supporters are wary over the signing of Dawson.

Firstly the centre-back is not the quickest or most agile of defenders in an increasingly athletic Premier League.

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Supporter concerns understandable

Then there is the fact he has suffered back-to-back relegations with West Brom and Watford.

Throw in that Watford fans could not wait – or believe it possible – to offload him and the verdict is somewhat damning.

West Ham fans have connected the dots over the deal and spotted that Dawson is a client of Will Salthouse – reportedly the preferred agent of Hammers co-owner David Sullivan (Football Insider).

There were some savage reactions from fans to the announcement of Dawson’s signing.

But credit where it is due to West Ham fans. The growing numbers who want the owners out have a motto ‘Support the team, not the regime’.

And there was proof that is just what fans intend to do with some of the messages to Dawson following his controversial arrival.

West Ham United Unveil New Signing Craig Dawson
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