By Noel Whelan

3rd Nov, 2022 | 8:58am

Pundit can't believe West Ham could block Craig Dawson exit after source's January reveal

Noel Whelan has claimed he can’t see West Ham standing in the way of an exit for Craig Dawson in January after a summer move fell through.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested David Moyes will give the 32-year-old the opportunity to move on out of “loyalty and respect”.

Football Insider revealed on Friday (28 October) that Dawson wants to leave West Ham in January after failing to secure a summer move to Wolves.

The centre-back wanted to quit the London Stadium to be closer to his family in Cheshire and it is believed he is still keen to head north.

Dawson has made just five starts this term and is out of contract at the end of the season.

In contrast, the former West Brom star made 45 starts in the 2021-22 campaign but has been gazumped in the Irons pecking order by summer signings Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer.

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Whelan backed Moyes to be “very honest” with the veteran about where his future lies.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “No, I think Moyes will be very fair with Dawson.

“The two of them have been very good with one another. Out of loyalty and respect, I can see him giving Dawson that opportunity to leave – if he is no longer needed.

“If they do need him then I’m sure conversations will be taking place.

“But players at his age want to play regular football, and if he wants to move closer to his family too – I can’t see the club standing in the way of that.

“I think Moyes is one of these managers who is very honest with his players, and we’ve seen that over the years.”

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