Watford’s Craig Dawson joins West Ham on permanent contract

Craig Dawson will join West Ham on a permanent contract at the end of the season.

Dawson, 30, is currently on loan at the Watford Hammers and has made 15 Premier League appearances for the London club.

West Ham announced the deal this afternoon, which was triggered after the terms of its loan conditions were met.

The defender, who signed a contract with West Ham until the summer of 2023, told the club’s website: “Coming to West Ham has been a big step for me, and it’s a privilege to play for a club with such deep-rooted traditions.

“The team has real unity, team spirit and great quality. I am excited about what my future at the club can hold for me and the potential of what we as a club can achieve.”

West Ham manager David Moyes said: “Craig’s performance, attitude and impact shows why he deserves a permanent contract.

“He must have been patient, but he came and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. We’re always looking to improve the team and Craig is definitely joining us.”

Craig Dawson pictured playing for Watford. Credit: PA

Prior to joining West Ham, Dawson made over 30 appearances for Watford, arriving from West Brom in 2019.

A statement on the Watford club’s website read: “Watford FC confirm that defender Craig Dawson will sign a permanent contract with West Ham United at the end of this season, after the terms of his loan conditions have been fulfilled.

The center-half joined the Hornets in July 2019 and made 31 appearances for the club, scoring two goals against Leicester City and Norwich City.

“He moved to London Stadium on a one-season loan in October 2020 and has since made 17 appearances in all competitions for David Moyes’ side.

“We wish Craig all the best for the rest of his career.”

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