Craig Dawson staying at West Ham for now after Wolves bid is rejected

West Ham have turned down an offer from Wolves for centre-back Craig Dawson, who is out of contract at the London Stadium at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old was linked with Aston Villa and Wanderers in the summer but a move failed to materialise.

The Ballon D'awson, as nicknamed by the West Ham faithful, had risen from the emergency back-up defender nobody wanted to playing a key role in the squad during his two-season stint - even getting in the mix in the voting for Hammer of the Year.

His impressive 'never say die' performances in the Premier League and Europe saw both Villa and Wolves make bids for the centre-back, and West Ham were willing to let the defender leave as he was reportedly keen to move closer to his home in the north west, rather than continue a long commute to east London.

But a series of injury issues across West Ham's back line has seen Dawson called into first-team action on a regular basis this season, and he is still a very important part of Moyes' set-up until a replacement is brought in.

West Ham travel to fellow strugglers Wolves on Saturday and Dawson is expected to start alongside Naif Aguerd, with Kurt Zouma still on his way back to full fitness following a knee injury.

"We've had an offer from Wolves, we've not accepted it and that's as much as I can tell you," said West Ham manager David Moyes.

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