East Ham’s turbulent summer transfer window finally appears to be over after the club terminated Craig Dawson’s transfer on deadline day to Wolves.
Dawson was hoping to secure a transfer to the Midlands club to be closer to his young family in Cheshire and the Hammers were reluctantly ready to sell the centre-back, provided they were able to bring in a replacement.
However, Southampton’s Jan Bednarek, their main loan target, is expected to join Aston Villa instead as a replacement for the injured Diego Carlos.
With summer signing Nayef Aguerd set to be out for another six weeks and Angelo Ogbonna just back from a long absence from the ACL, David Moyes is not ready to risk being caught out at the back central, which means Dawson will stay with the Irons until at least January, when he enters the final six months of his contract.
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As things stand, academy graduate Harrison Ashby will be in an identical position and the 20-year-old was another player the Hammers considered letting go on the final day of the window.
The right-back has been the subject of loan interest from several Championship clubs, while Newcastle have expressed interest in a permanent signing, but with Ben Johnson injured Ashby’s exit once again hinged on arrival of a replacement.
West Ham failed with an opening bid of £3.5m plus a further £3m for Torino full-back Ola Aina and decided not to return with an improved offer for the former man from Fulham, who have been named in their club’s starting XI for tonight’s encounter with Atalanta.
West Ham also explored a deadline-day loan move for Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker during the two clubs’ talks over Dawson, but the Belgium international is also expected to join Villa on a permanent deal.
It means that, barring a late twist, a window in which West Ham spent more than £170million on eight new signings, including the purchase of club-record Lucas Paqueta, appears to have reached a quiet conclusion.