By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

20th Jan, 2023 | 5:10pm

Pundit urges Craig Dawson to quit West Ham United amid recent Wolves transfer speculation

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Frank McAvennie has told Craig Dawson that the time is right for him to leave West Ham now, as he edges closer to a move to Wolves.

The veteran centre-back looks set to leave the London Stadium on a permanent deal after the Hammers agreed a deal worth £3.3m with the Midlands side for a January move.

Dawson wants to move up north to be closer to his family and with his contract set to expire in the summer anyway, McAvennie feels now is the right time for him to go and for Moyes to refresh the squad with younger legs.

“David has got to bring young legs in,” he told West Ham Zone.

“It’s hard, but he’s got to bring in young legs who have got experience to help the team.

“Dawson’s been great for the boys and great for West Ham, but he’s got to move on now. Get somebody decent in.

“We need a centre-half to come in and dominate.”

Dawson underwent a medical at Molineux on Friday (Ryan Taylor, 20 January) but it is unclear if West Ham will look to replace him in the current window.

Nayef Aguerd, Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Thilo Kehrer are all capable of playing at centre-back as first-team options, while Aaron Cresswell and Ben Johnson have filled in there too previously.

The club are said to be in the market for a defender, but it’s unknown how much of a priority the deal is to Moyes.