David Sullivan and David Gold have owned West Ham for six years

The West Ham board will be delighted to sign Craig Dawson from Watford for just £2million, according to Alex McLeish. 

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, praised David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady (GSB) for negotiating such bargain price for the defender.

The Athletic claim the 30-year-old is three starts away from triggering a £2million permanent purchase clause in his loan deal.

West Ham Moyes confirmed the existence of a clause after Dawson made his 12th league start of the season against Leeds United.

The Watford loanee also netted his third goal of the campaign in the 2-0 win over the Whites.

McLeish admitted £2million would be a bargain for Dawson and insisted his old Birmingham City employers would be delighted.

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“That is some deal,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Amazing when you think of the £12million and £15million players. We actually say when a player comes for £12million now he must be hopeless.

“To get Craig Dawson for £2million, he’ll be really happy with that, David Sullivan.

“David’s been brilliant with the deals over the years, the two Davids (Gold) and not forgetting Karren (Brady) of course.” 

Dawson is six games away from making 200 Premier League appearances after spells at Watford and West Brom.

He was forced to wait until December for his first West Ham start but has not missed a single minute of game time since.

In other news, Paul Robinson fears West Ham will not sign Jesse Lingard permanently at the end of his loan spell in east London.