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Wolves still keen on Craig Dawson

Wolves have reportedly reignited their interest in West Ham defender Craig Dawson and the Englishman could prove to be an excellent addition to Julen Lopetegui‘s side this month.

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According to Express and Star journalist Liam Keen, the Old Gold are back in for the 32-year-old having seen a move for him in the summer collapse on deadline day after Aston Villa landed Jan Bednarek ahead of West Ham, meaning Dawson was required to stay at the London Stadium as cover.

Keen took to Twitter to state: “Wolves are interested in West Ham defender Craig Dawson. Club were set to land him in the summer before the move fell through.”

While the former Rochdale man has been a regular in the few months since, making eight starts in the Premier League, it seems clear that he wants a move further back up the country to be closer to his family and Wolves could be set to benefit in this month’s window.

Lopetegui has landed just Matheus Cunha in the window thus far but the Spanish boss definitely looks to be in the market for a centre-back and Dawson could be an experienced head at the back at Molineux as the Old Gold look to distance themselves from any relegation battle this season.

A rock for Lopetegui?

There is little doubt that Lopetegui needs some more experience in his defence following the summer departures of Conor Coady, Romain Saiss and Willy Boly, with just Nathan Collins arriving as a replacement.

While he and Max Kilman have played well together on occasion, they are 21 and 25 respectively, while backup options Toti and Yerson Mosquera also have very little Premier League experience.

On the other hand, Dawson boasts 246 top-flight appearances in his career and would also add a serious threat from set-pieces should he make the move to Molineux, having scored 52 goals in his senior career thus far.

Although his signing was lamented by many at West Ham, he has gone on to establish himself as a cult hero, starring in their run to the Europa League semi-final last season, and winning the plaudits from teammate Michail Antonio.

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Bruno Lage on the touchline for Wolves.

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He said: “He’s been unbelievable, he’s been a rock at the back, he’s like an old-school centre-half. He’s tough, he fights, he’s solid, he’s not scared to get down and deep, he’s been quality and he’s been solid for us. He came in not really to play, he’s taken his opportunity he’s taken his shirt and he’s not giving it up.”

As such, Dawson would be a great player for Lopetegui to have both on and off the pitch for the rest of the season so if Wolves can prise him away from West Ham this month, it could be huge in keeping them in the Premier League.