Aston Villa 'turned down' by West Ham after transfer approach


Craig Dawson of West Ham United controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Leg One match between West Ham United and Eintracht Frankfurt at Olympic Stadium on April 28, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.

Aston Villa are reportedly being rivalled by Leicester City in a move for West Ham defender Craig Dawson.

The centre-back played 50 times for the Hammers last season as they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League. His impressive performances for David Moyes’ side has seen the 32-year-old become a cult figure at the London Stadium.

Villa have been looking for a new centre-half since Diego Carlos ruptured his Achilles' against Everton. Last week it was claimed that the club were “trying to tie up” a deal for the West Ham man but now look set to face competition for his signature.

Football journalist Alan Nixon has reported that Leicester are “ready to rival” Villa for the former West Brom and Watford defender. Brendan Rodgers’ side are said to view Dawson as a “potential replacement” for Wesley Fofana, who is expected to complete a move to Chelsea.

The report states that West Ham “turned down” Villa’s approach to sign Dawson. Discussing the possibility of the defender leaving the club, Moyes described the player’s situation as “complicated” in his Tuesday press conference.

Wolves have also been “credited with an interest” following Villa’s attempts to sign Dawson. As a result, West Ham are claimed to have been “alerted” to one possible target that would arrive on loan, if the experienced defender does leave the club before the transfer deadline.

In a further update from The Sun , the Hammers are said to have “held talks” with Jan Bednarek, who has also been linked with a move to Villa Park. The Poland international has slipped down the pecking order that Southampton and the club are “happy” for him to leave on loan with an option to buy, due to his contract expiring in 2025.

Last week, The Athletic reported that Villa’s negotiations over a move for Bednarek had reached an “advanced stage” . Manager Steven Gerrard currency has Tyrone Mings, Calum Chambers and Ezri Konsa at his disposal and is keen to add to his centre-back options.

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