By Sean Fisher

24th Nov, 2022 | 1:10pm

West Ham United 'seriously working' on Luizao deal amid Craig Dawson uncertainty

West Ham are working on signing Brazilian defender Luizao in January, with Craig Dawson’s future at the London Stadium up in the air.

The Hammers endured a tough first half of the season and sit 16th over the winter break. David Moyes has turned to the January transfer window to address some flaws within his squad, and Brazil centre-back Luiz has emerged as a top priority.

The 20-year-old Sao Paulo defender has been linked with a free transfer to West Ham in January, with most of the deal agreed prior to the window opening. [Caught Offside]

Claret & Hugh have now also confirmed that the club are “seriously working on the deal”, with West Ham “optimistic of the outcome”.

But among the Luizao report, Dawson’s West Ham future is mentioned, with the report suggesting that he is now “50/50” as to whether he’ll stay in east London over January.

The Athletic revealed back in October that Dawson almost left the Hammers in the summer after wanting to move up north to be with his family, and rumours of an exit have rumbled on ever since.

Soften the blow

If Dawson did decide to part ways with West Ham in January then at least the signing of Luizao would help to soften the blow.

With Dawson leaving and Angelo Ogbonna soon out of contract, West Ham’s defence would suddenly look awfully thin even after the addition of Thilo Kehrer and Nayef Aguerd.

Dawson’s leadership and experience at the back has been invaluable to Moyes during his time at West Ham, and his absence would leave the Scot needing to find a long-term partner for Kurt Zouma.

Luizao – a left-sided defender – could be Moyes’ answer. Aguerd still needs to settle in after a lengthy injury absence, and Kehrer still looks unsure of whether he wants to play in the centre or at right-back.

It’s a confusing equation for Moyes to solve in the second half of the season, but Luizao’s arrival at least gives him an extra puzzle piece to play with.