By George Overhill

21st Jan, 2023 | 8:49pm

Craig Dawson’s exit from West Ham to Wolves is expected to be formally announced by the end of Sunday night, according to Dharmesh Sheth.

The centre-back had been looking to move north to be closer to his family back at the end of the summer transfer window and has now got his wish this month with a £3.3million fee agreed.

Personal terms are also now done and the 32-year-old is expected to be officially a Molineux man before the end of the weekend.

Reporting via Twitter on Saturday evening (21 January) Sky Sports reporter Sheth wrote: “Formal announcement expected in next 24 hours. £3.3m. Two and a half year deal.”


Dawson’s departure is unfortunate given the key role he played in his iron man campaign of last season, where he made a total of 50 appearances in all competitions while all around him were suffering injuries.

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He has had his own fitness issues this term and after coming close to leaving at the start of the season he has only featured nine times.

With Nayef Aguerd and Kurt Zouma finally both fit together the first-choice centre-back pairing is playing at last and Angelo Ogbonna is also now available.

With Thilo Kehrer hastily sourced at the end of the previous window as well there are far fewer opportunities for Dawson, and if he has personal reasons to want to move then it is probably the best for everyone.

It is in much more positive circumstances that his exit is going through after West Ham recorded a desperately-needed win against Everton on Saturday to ease some of the pressure on David Moyes.

Gradually the pieces of the Scot’s unit that have performed so admirably over the past couple of years are starting to depart, amid expensive restocking that has yet to come together properly.

Doubts of the future of various other Moyes stalwarts persist, including key men such as Declan Rice and Michail Antonio, so the upheaval looks set to continue in the coming months.