West Ham’s summer search for a central defender was a well-documented affair, with Burnley’s James Tarkowski and then Swansea man Joe Rodon both on the Hammers radar.
However, after reportedly making an offer for Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car, according to reputable French outlet L’Equipe, the 24 year old Croatian has now confirmed there was ”an offer from a Premier League club.”
Speaking in a press conference yesterday ahead of his sides Champions League fixture against, the £20m (Transfermarkt) rated man said: “It was a really good offer for the club and for me, but I chose to stay to play in the Champions League because it was my biggest dream. When I was young I dreamt about it so that was the first reason”.
Whilst Caleta-Car was coy not to mention any team name, the links and the inclination that the offer came from a club not playing European football leads to the assumption it may have in fact been the Irons.
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The loan signing of Dawson fixed a short term issue in terms of reliable numbers Moyes had to call upon in defence.
The 30-year-old is also a vastly experienced operator in the top-flight and will add plenty of know-how when he is match ready.