By Sam Stone

18th Nov, 2022 | 1:56pm

West Ham United launch last-gasp Craig Dawson contract attempt

West Ham United have launched a last-gasp attempt to get Craig Dawson tied down to a new deal at the London Stadium, according to Claret and Hugh.

However, it’s understood that whilst the club have attempted to offer him a new deal, it’s now looking increasingly likely that the 32-year-old will depart the club in January (Claret and Hugh, 18 November).

Dawson has made no secret of his desire to move further up North to be closer to his family, with a summer move to Wolves falling through after the Black Country side bid £5.25million for the defender (Daily Mail, 1 September).

No hard feelings

Most West Ham fans will be wishing Dawson well when his departure from the London Stadium is confirmed. The 32-year-old was simply immense during West Ham’s run to the Europa League semi-final, in what was the best season of his career.

Dawson will be loved by many because he was a signing initially made to provide some cheap backup for David Moyes in 2021. He has since gone on to be one of the Hammers’ most consistent players, and if the club had sold him on deadline day, they would’ve made a profit on the 32-year-old.

However, now does feel like the right time for Dawson to move on with Moyes adding to his defensive ranks over the summer. Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer have been signed as longer-term additions for the Hammers and right now sit ahead of Dawson in the pecking order.

It will be a sad say when he does exit, but it’s the right move for everyone involved.