West Ham United find themselves in a tough spot regarding their negotiations with Craig Dawson, with the club now wanting him to stay at the London Stadium.
What’s the word?
Whilst Jones believes that West Ham’s difficult situation could see them sanction a quick-fire sale for Dawson around the season’s midway point, the insider understands that David Moyes would like him to stick around at the club.
Though, there is a possibility that the club will respect the player’s wishes to seal an exit.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “It’s a tricky one but they might, yes.
“I think West Ham would like him to stay, ideally, but they are going to be pretty respectful to whatever Dawson wants at this stage.”
A tough situation
The Hammers find themselves in a tough place, both in the league and in this particular situation.
At 32-years-old, Dawson is one of the older heads in the squad that boasts an average age of 27.5 years in this season’s campaign.
His effect both on and off the pitch since his initial loan spell at the club back in late 2020 has been entirely apparent and has seen the Englishman become a fan favourite at the London Stadium, with supporters very appreciative of his goal output, considering his position as a central defender.
Dawson was a key part of Moyes’ squad just last season, making a total of 34 appearances in the Premier League across a campaign that saw him start 30 times.
And continuing his ability to get goals for the side, the £52k-per-week asset made his first start of the season in the Europa Conference League group stage clash last week, converting yet another set piece.
It is understood that the Hammers will look to persuade Dawson to agree a one-year contract extension, with Moyes surely keen on keeping a player around the club who, together with Europe, “just makes sense”, according to GuvnaB on Twitter.