By Sam Stone

20th Jan, 2023 | 4:10pm

West Ham United transfer news as loan could now follow Danny Ings signing

West Ham United could consider a loan replacement for Craig Dawson as the 32-year-old closes in on his move to Wolves, according to the Evening Standard.

The Daily Mail (20 January) claim the Hammers have approved his move to Molineux after a £3.3million fee was agreed upon between the two clubs.

The Evening Standard have since suggested (20 January) that, although David Moyes is happy with his centre-back options, the club could look to the loan market for reinforcements.


This was a move which was always going to happen. Dawson has made no secret of his desire to move closer to his family and this a deal which has been in the pipeline for a long period of time. All West Ham fans will wish the 32-year-old the best of luck but there should be questions asked when it comes to the Hammers selling to a direct rival.

Had West Ham been in a higher position, selling to Wolves wouldn’t have been an issue. However, they’re both embroiled in a relegation fight and there’s a good chance Dawson will make Wolves a stronger side. He was unlikely to feature much for West Ham in the second half of the season, but nevertheless, strengthening a rival is a risky move from the board.

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Moyes’ central defensive options look fairly competent at the moment and if a player does arrive at the London Stadium, it will likely be a backup option. The Hammers spent enough money in the summer window and it’s now up to some of their big-money additions to make an impact in the second half of the campaign.