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According to The Daily Mail, West Ham are eyeing up a swoop for Craig Dawson after being priced out of a move for James Tarkowski.

The report states that David Moyes sees the Watford defender as a player who ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what he’s looking for.

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Sky Sports reported that the Hammers had three bids rejected for Tarkowski, who Sean Dyche now expects to stay at Turf Moor – again revealed by Sky Sports.

As a result, a swoop for the Hornets centre-back, who cost Watford £5.5 million from West Brom, is being considered.

The 30-year-old is also a genuine threat from set-pieces, something that will presumably please Moyes.

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Dawson has a whopping 43 career goals to his name, including 21 strikes in just 93 appearances for Rochdale, a remarkable record for a centre-back.

The Hammers are quite clearly after a new centre-back this window, having also seen an offer worth £33 million rejected for Wesley Fofana according to Sky Sports.

The 19-year-old has since joined Leicester.

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Moyes has until Monday to sign one before the deadline.

However, the ex-Manchester United manager has until the 16th of October to complete a deal for Dawson, given the domestic deadline which extends beyond October 5th, the deadline for overseas transfers.

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