West Ham have announced that their defender on loan Craig Dawson will join the club on a permanent contract with Watford at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old was loaned to the Hammers in October and has scored three goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season.
He will stay at London Stadium until the summer of 2023.
“Coming to West Ham has been a big step for me, and it’s a privilege to play for a club with such deep-rooted traditions,” Dawson told the West Ham website.
“The team has real solidarity, team spirit and great quality. I am excited about what my future at the club may hold in store for me and the potential of what we can continue to achieve as a club. “
West Ham are in contention for Champions League qualification and sit fourth in the table after Monday’s 3-2 win over Wolves.
Dawson, who played for Rochdale, West Brom and Bolton earlier in his career, had to wait until the end of December for his Hammers debut, but he’s always been a top-flight.
Director David Moyes said: “Craig’s performance, attitude and impact shows why he deserves a permanent contract.
“He must have been patient, but he walked in and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. We are always looking to improve the team and Craig who is always joining us certainly does.
Meanwhile, Manchester United on loan Jesse Lingard called on West Ham to keep their cool in the race for the Champions League.
“We have to stay focused on every game,” the Manchester United star on loan said on the club’s official website. “We have a tough series of games, but the guys are ready and we will prepare for the next game.
“There is always room to improve. It’s a great victory but there are things to be learned from this game, positive and negative, and we will learn from it.
“It was a tough game and we had to work hard for all three points. We continued – it could have been another Arsenal situation (draw 3-3 after winning 3-0) conceding before half-time – but the guys kept their focus and focus throughout the 90 minutes.
“It was just a lack of focus at the end of the first half, but we came out a bit better in the second half. They dominated most of the game, but it was about managing the game. “