Danny Mills has claimed a £2million deal for Craig Dawson would represent “incredible value” for West Ham United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England full-back heaped praise on the 30-year-old who is showing the value of having experience in the backline.
The London Evening Standard report the Hammers have an option to make the Watford-loanees deal permanent for around £2million and are interested in activating it.
After moving across London in the summer Dawson had to wait until December to make his debut for the Irons.
Since his introduction against Southampton last month, David Moyes’ side have conceded just once and are unbeaten with him in the side.
Asked by Football Insider whether a £2million deal would make sense for West Ham, Mills said: “That would be incredible value.
“£2million is two or three month’s wages for a decent player in this day and age. It’s not a lot in any shape or form.
“As a centre-half you don’t need to be quick, you don’t need to be able to run all day long. You just need to be assured, calm, confident and put yourself in the right positions and a lot of that comes with experience.
“That’s exactly what he’s doing at the moment and what he’s showing.”
In addition to keeping four clean sheets in his five West Ham appearances, Dawson grabbed his first goal for the club in their 1-0 win over Stockport County in the FA Cup third round.
The Englishman nodded home a 90th-minute header at Edgeley Park as the Irons progressed to the fourth round.