Danny Mills fully expects West Ham to complete a deal for on-loan defender Craig Dawson – especially after his “bargain” price tag was revealed.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and England defender suggested the Hammers could look to add more defenders to the squad but will want the experience of Dawson in the dressing room.
This site revealed earlier in the week that Watford are willing to offload the 30-year-old for a £3million fee and West Ham will look to do the deal before the end of the season.
After moving to the London Stadium in October, Dawson had to wait until the end of December to make his Premier League debut for the club.
Since then he has been an ever-present and played a key role in the Hammers’ rise up the league as they have an eye on European qualification.
“He’s done very, very well for them up until now,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“It’s a bargain, isn’t it? Let’s be honest, if you’re paying a loan fee, it will be more than that for a centre-half.
“I know it sounds ridiculous when people are struggling in the world but in footballing terms, it’s a drop in the ocean.
“Even if they bring in other players why wouldn’t you keep him as a backup, to keep doing what he’s doing.
“David Moyes would have an honest conversation with him and say ‘You’re maybe not going to play every single week, but I still want you around.’ He seems like the sort of character that could accept that.”
West Ham have kept five clean sheets in the 11 Premier League games Dawson has started.
The Englishman has also scored three goals including winners over Crystal Palace in the league and Stockport County in the FA Cup.