Frank McAvennie is adamant that Craig Dawson will prove a “very smart piece of business” after West Ham confirmed the signing of Watford defender on loan.

The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the “threat of competition” has seen the current Hammers defence “step up their game”.

The club confirmed the signing of Dawson from Watford on a season-long loan deal last night after Football Insider revealed last week that the club were in talks with the 30-year-old.

He made 30 appearances for the Hornets last season but has featured just once since the appointment of Vladimir Ivic at Vicarage Road in August.

McAvennie suggested that Dawson will be a valuable addition the David Moyes’s squad after their offer for James Tarkowski of over £30million was rejected.

“I think it is a very smart bit of business,” he told Football Insider.

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“They went for Tarkowski but that was going to be £40million.

“He isn’t getting a game at Watford but he is a decent player.

“West Ham have been in the market for a centre-half for some time now but the last couple of games the boys have been magnificent.

“The threat of competition has seen the defence step up their game. David Moyes has seen Ogbonna, Diop and Balbuena have step up to the mark. Credit where credit is due.

“But Dawson coming in will still be a great addition.” 

Speaking shortly after his arrival, Dawson said: “I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to being back in the Premier League and working with the manager and group of lads.

“I can’t wait to get started and share my experience.”

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