London (AFP) – West Ham have agreed to sign loaner defender Craig Dawson from Watford as part of a permanent deal at the end of this season.
Dawson joined David Moyes’ side from the Championship club in October and played a key role in their unexpected rise to fourth in the Premier League.
He has scored three goals in 15 Premier League appearances as West Ham continue their Champions League qualification next season.
The 30-year-old center-back will now stay at London Stadium until at least 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 on Tuesday.
“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, who played for Rochdale, West Bromwich Albion and Bolton earlier in his career, had to wait until the end of December for his Hammers debut, but he has always been in the top flight.
“Craig’s performance, attitude and impact shows why he deserves a permanent deal,” Moyes said.
“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.