West Ham United have confirmed the permanent transfer of defender Craig Dawson.
Dawson was signed by West Ham in October on a loan deal with Watford – but the defender had to wait until December before making his debut.
Since then he has played every minute of league action and will remain a hammer next season, the club confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
As part of Dawson’s loan, an agreement was in place that if he started 15 league games for Moyes David ‘ team, it would automatically trigger a permanent transfer to the London stadium.
The fees for Dawson, including the cost of the loan, is reportedly between £ 2-2.5million, with the defender receiving a two-year contract.
Speaking to the club’s website, Dawson said, “Coming to West Ham has been a big step for me, and it’s a privilege to play for a club with such deep traditions.
“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. “
Dawson had formed an excellent partnership with Angelo Ogbonna at the heart of the defense before the Italian’s injury to Manchester United in the FA Cup in February.
Without Ogbonna by his side, Dawson became the leader of the Hammers the defense and his coach are delighted with the deal to bring him to the club permanently.
“Craig’s performance, attitude and impact show why he deserves a permanent contract. He came with a wealth of Premier League experience and that is really important to us.
“He must have been patient, but he came and took the opportunity with both hands. We are always looking to improve the team and Craig who is always joining us certainly does.”
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Dawson’s introduction to the West Ham squad came with the team in tenth place and he was instrumental in helping the Hammers move up to fourth place with just eight games to play.
In Dawson’s 15 league starts, the team have won nine, lost three and draw three, keeping five clean sheets during that span.