West Ham have been tipped to terminate the loan deal of Craig Dawson next month by Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England striker said the transfer of the centre-back has been a “strange” one.
West Ham announced during the domestic-only transfer window in October that Dawson had signed on a season-long loan from Watford and the Sun report that they have an option to buy for £2million.
We are pleased to announce the signing of defender Craig Dawson on a season-long loan from Watford.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 12, 2020
Phillips does not expect the London club to trigger that option for a player who is still waiting for his Hammers debut.
Indeed, Dawson has yet to make a single Premier League matchday squad in the two months since he joined.
“It is a strange situation,” Phillips told Football Insider. “I thought it was a strange transfer when he first went there to be honest.
“To have not been involved at all in the Premier League speaks volumes. It might be one of those that just hasn’t quite worked out.
“David Moyes might have seen something he has not liked on the training ground and the loan deal will then be cut short in January. We might see Dawson somewhere else next year.
“It is a very strange situation and I do not know what has happened there.”
West Ham signed Dawson after failing to land a younger centre-back who could slot straight into David Moyes’ side.
They submitted a number of bids for England international James Tarkowski but ended their pursuit when Burnley made it clear they would only accept £35million for the defender.