By Laura O'Leary

25th Jun, 2018 | 7:13pm

West Ham have bid for Dawson rejected - report

West Ham have had a £12million bid for defender Craig Dawson rejected by West Bromwich Albion, according to a report.

The Telegraph report that the Hammers’ opening offer for the 28-year-old right-back had been denied as WBA rate Dawson as being worth in the region of £20million.

The newspaper claim that there are a number of Premier League clubs eyeing a move for Dawson and that the Hammers are currently considering whether to make an improved bid for him.

Footballer Insider Verdict:

Dawson arriving at the London Stadium this summer wouldn’t exactly have fans leaping out of their seat to welcome him. The 28-year-old defender is hardly an exciting signing and based on the Hammers’ recent transfer business, you would think the London club would be aiming higher than him. However Dawson is a player that if recruited would provide fantastic cover for the Hammers’ defence. Aside from playing right-back Dawson can feature as a centre-back and could help Manuel Pellegrini’s side cope if there was an injury crisis amongst its defenders. If the Hammers could get the 28-year-old for a fee under £15million then it could prove to be smart business for this reason. The only issue is that with several Premier League teams interested and WBA rating him as being worth £20million, they will be unlikely to get him for that price. Therefore hopefully after seeing their £12million bid rejected, the Hammers look elsewhere in order to bolster their defensive numbers.

In other West Ham news, Hammers table eight-figure bid for defensive powerhouse shining at WC – report.

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