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West Ham make transfer decision on three free agents after summer move collapsed

West Ham United are now considered unlikely to bring in a free agent defender before the January transfer window.

Dan-Axel Zagadou, Jason Denayer and Nikola Maksimovic were all on the London Stadium radar as potential options to come in and provide cover in central defence if Craig Dawson left the club at the end of the window.

But the 32-year-old ended up staying at the Irons after interest from Aston Villa and Wolves and scored on his return from fitness on Thursday evening away at Silkeborg.

David Moyes has already let Issa Diop leave for Fulham earlier in the summer and was reluctant to allow the same for Dawson without a replacement lined up due to the injury to Nayef Aguerd.

As a result, Zagadou, Denayer and Maksimovic are no longer targets for the club in the immediate, especially as they would be asking for big wages and may not even start in the best West Ham team.

West Ham may have enough to get by but Zagadou, in particular, could be an upgrade on someone like Angelo Ogbonna and it is worth at least putting the feelers out on a deal.

He might want too much money and if that is the case then they can withdraw from talks and move on but there is no harm in asking and it might be better than they think.

The hammers are in danger of forgetting that they can negotiate his wages down if they want to and the same goes for Denayer and Maksimovic too.

Dawson looks like he wants to leave to return to the Midlands soon for the good of his family and if he does so, it would be great to have a ready-made replacement at the club already.

Moyes could make that happen if he wasn’t so stubborn in the transfer market and allowed himself to spend some of the cash that is surely at his disposal.