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Aston Villa looks to Craig Dawson to resolve defensive crisis but West Ham’s David Moyes wants him to stay

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Aston Villa see the transfer of Craig Dawson as a possible solution to their defensive crisis… but David Moyes is reluctant to let the centre-back leave amid West Ham’s own problems at the back

  • Aston Villa to recruit West Ham defender Craig Dawson this week
  • Steven Gerrard’s squad must solve defensive problems, with Diego Carlos losing
  • However, David Moyes wants Dawson to stay because of their own crisis at the back

Aston Villa have made a move for West Ham’s Craig Dawson, but Hammers manager David Moyes doesn’t want to lose the 32-year-old defender.

West Ham won the battle of the claret and blue teams of the Premier League 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, and Villa’s Steven Gerrard is looking for reinforcements in defense to bolster his side.

However, Dawson was named part of UEFA’s Europa League Team of the Season earlier this year for his outstanding work during West Ham’s run to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Craig Dawson was recognized by UEFA for his hard work in West Ham’s Europa League run

Aston Villa feel they can offer Dawson more first-team football as the 32-year-old’s chances at London Stadium are limited due to competition for defensive slots.

Moyes doesn’t want to lose Dawson, especially with the Hammers short of defensive options and losing new signing Nayef Aguerd in pre-season with an ankle injury requiring surgery.

Dawson joined West Ham in October 2020, initially on loan, before making a permanent move from Watford the following summer.

David Moyes doesn't want Dawson to leave West Ham despite Aston Villa interest

David Moyes doesn’t want Dawson to leave West Ham despite Aston Villa interest

Dawson still has a one-year contract at London Stadium, which could be important, as selling him now means paying a transfer fee for him, rather than potentially losing the defender for free in 2023.

Aston Villa themselves have lost Diego Carlos to injury, and with just one win in their first four games, Gerrard is keen to try and turn the fortunes at Villa Park.

And as Dawson is reportedly unhappy with the way life is going at West Ham, the defender could be a perfect fit for Aston Villa if they try to sort out their problems at the back before too much of the season slips away.


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