Leicester join transfer race for Craig Dawson from West Ham after finally selling Wesley Fofana to Chelsea for £70m
LEICESTER have entered the race to sign West Ham defender Craig Dawson after finally selling Wesley Fofana.
The Hammers have received approaches from both Aston Villa and Wolves in recent days, with the 32-year-old keen to secure a move.
West Ham boss David Moyes has added further depth at centre-back this summer with Thilo Kehrer and Nayef Aguerd arriving.
A pre-season injury to Aguerd means that Moyes would want to replace Dawson should he leave.
Talks have been held over a loan deal for Southampton defender Jan Bednarek, while the East London side have also asked about a deal for Leander Dendoncker at Wolves should Dawson move to Molineux.
Wolves have already rejected an £8.5million offer from Everton for the Belgian, who can play as a defensive midfielder or central defender.
West Ham tried to sign Dendoncker, 27, from Anderlecht before he joined Wolves in 2018.
Dawson has less than one year left on his deal at the London Stadium meaning the Hammers will want to secure a fee for the former West Brom man.
West Ham paid Watford £2m to sign Dawson after he initially joined the club on loan.
Given the interest in the defender, there is hope that they could make a profit on that deal should he move before the deadline.
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Asked about Dawson’s future, Moyes said: “Ideally, we wouldn’t [lose him] but it’s probably a much more complicated situation than what it is.
“So it is an ongoing thing at the moment and we’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Leicester – who play Manchester United just before the transfer window closes – have Jonny Evans and Daniel Amartey as well as out-of-favour duo Caglar Soyuncu and Jannik Vestergaard as their remaining centre-backs after the £70m sale of Fofana to Chelsea.
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