West Ham United receive £5.25m bid from Wolves for Craig Dawson
West Ham have received a £5.25m bid from Wolves for central defender Craig Dawson and the player wants to leave, according to the Daily Mail.
The Hammers have worked hard to strengthen their squad this summer, but have received late interest in Dawson who has made himself a fan favourite for his performances during his two years at the club.
But with the player living in Manchester and dropping down the pecking order, he has asked to be allowed to leave to be closer to his family with just 12 months left on his contract at the London Stadium.
Reporting on 1 September, the Daily Mail say that Wolves have moved ahead of Aston Villa in the hunt for his signature by offering £5.25m for the 32-year-old.
Wolves have lost Willy Boly to Nottingham Forest and Conor Coady to Everton this summer and wanted defensive reinforcements, while West Ham are looking to seal a loan deal for Jan Bednarek to replace him.
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A deadline day exit is almost always an inconvenience, but both Dawson and the club deserve credit for being able to do this deal in a manner that suits everyone.
Dawson never kicked up a fuss about an exit and had West Ham not granted the move then he would have stayed and got on with it, but such is his attitude and commitment the club have been willing to accommodate his request.
If they can get Bednarek over the line then they won’t be in a weaker position, and they’ll be giving a fan favourite and a true professional the best thing for the human which is something football clubs are often accused of not doing.
Getting over £5m for a player who is in the twilight of his career with injury problems and less than a year on his deal is a positive thing too and all round just makes sense for all parties.
It’s one of those rare deals where everyone wins, and fans will wish Dawson well in the rest of his career while celebrating the great transfer window they’ve had.