West Ham United are now hoping to keep Craig Dawson at the club, despite his wishes to leave.

That’s according to journalist Dean Jones, who has been speaking to GIVEMESPORT following Dawson’s return to the side.

The 32-year-old made his first start of the campaign in the 3-2 win at Silkeborg last week but was an unused substitute as the Irons fell to defeat in the Premier League at Everton on Sunday.

After details of a gruelling personal commute from up north recently emerged, it seemed like Dawson’s days at the London Stadium were numbered but a move to Wolves in the midlands collapsed on deadline day, as the Irons failed to secure his replacement in the shape of Southampton’s Jan Bednarek. 

Insider ExWHUemployee then revealed that pulling the plug on his apparent exit left the former England U21 international frustrated.

Jones has now claimed that David Moyes would still like to keep hold of the defender but when asked whether he could be allowed to leave in January, the transfer guru 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.”

As posted on The West Ham Way Patreon page by Ex, officials at Rush Green are now hoping that Dawson will sign a one-year contract extension with his current £52k-per-week deal expiring at the end of the campaign.

Dawson has made 238 Premier League appearances and ever since his £2m move from Watford, has been an accomplished performer in claret and blue.

He ranked first for blocks (1.5) and second for clearances (4.1) made per 90 in the top-flight last season, according to WhoScored, but with the arrival of Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer this summer it could soften the blow of losing the stalwart, and Moyes may ultimately accept his request to depart.