West Ham United should swoop for Rangers defender Connor Goldson in the summer transfer window and hand David Moyes a second Craig Dawson type.
According to Football Insider, the Irons are keeping a close eye on Goldson’s situation at Ibrox with the 28-year-old soon entering the final 12 months of his current contract.
The centre-half has seen talks over a new deal be pushed back with Steven Gerrard’s outfit focusing on claiming a first Premiership title in a decade, having watched on as bitter rivals Celtic dominated the Scottish footballing scene.
Goldson revealed recently that Rangers were yet to make any contact with him or his agent to discuss new terms, but is confident that talks will take place “when the time is right”.
West Ham could look to capitalise on any uncertainty with Moyes keen to strengthen his defensive ranks with the arrival of one or two senior players in the off-season.
Goldson had been considered for a move to the London Stadium a year ago and assessed by club chiefs at Leeds United, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, but no move materialised with Rangers demanding close to £6m.
He has gone on to prove an integral aspect of Gerrard’s push to claim Rangers’ 55th Premiership title, with the £27,000-per-week titan starting and playing the full 90 minutes in all 30 league games played to date.
West Ham already have a few options in central defence with Angelo Ogbonna considered by Moyes as a “magnificent” and “really important” player, and currently fielding Dawson beside Issa Diop with summer free-agent Fabian Balbuena unable to get a look in.
If Moyes is now in the market for another experienced centre-half, he could do far worse than swooping Ibrox to snap up Goldson and bring another proven leader to east London.
Goldson has enjoyed an amazing turnaround in the past 12-months, having been frozen by fear after gifting Hamilton a winning goal to cap off a string of blunders last March. Now, the Daily Record note that his performances have been ‘peerless’ as he marshals the Gers backline week in, week out and without any of the dips in form seen in previous years.
“I think Connor Goldson has been outstanding this season, showing incredible leadership alongside James [Tavernier] on and off the pitch. His passing has been next-level and he has been working hard on it. He has put the work in, and we are proud of the level he is playing at.”
Dawson has brought a great sense of leadership to the West Ham defence since making his debut away to Southampton in December, with the Watford loanee – who the Irons are 99% certain of purchasing – a vocal presence, particularly in guiding Diop through recent games.
Few West Ham fans were excited by the arrival of Dawson following the Hornets’ relegation, yet now are desperate to see the 30-year-old retained. That may prove to be the same with Goldson, who failed to make the grade at Brighton following their promotion to the Premier League.
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