By Alan Hutton

23rd Nov, 2021 | 8:30pm

West Ham tipped to sign Dawson ally in January after news via Sky

Alan Hutton has tipped West Ham to sign a stopgap centre-back after Angelo Ogbonna’s injury blow.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 31-year-old Englishman would take the 33-year-old’s place in the starting XI for the rest of 2021.

As quoted by Sky Sports (20th November), David Moyes has confirmed Ogbonna faces nine months out after undergoing surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Dawson replaced the Italian in the win over Liverpool and was named among the XI who lost to Wolves.

However, Hutton suggested David Moyes could be “clever” in January and sign a new centre-back to battle for a starting role.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Whether they go into the transfer window in January and try and bring somebody, try and be clever in the market to bring a kind of stopgap until Ogbonna is back.

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“We’ll see what David Moyes does but they are a little back thin in certain areas. I think they would look to rectify that in the window.

“I think in Craig Dawson you’ve got a player there who has got a wealth of experience. He did well last season.

“He can come in at the moment and work with Zouma but we’ll see where they go in January.”

Dawson has started five times in nine Premier League appearances after signing permanently for the Irons this summer.

He has been a regular in the cup competitions, playing the full 90 minutes in all but one of the Hammers’ six Europa League and League Cup matches.

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