Reports that West Ham United have turned their attention to a Watford defender may be of interest to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Sun states West Ham have made Craig Dawson’s signing their ‘main priority’, having failed to land James Tarkowski, Jonathan Tah and Fikayo Tomori in the window for Premier League and international transfers.

And it adds that a fee of £4 million could be enough to tempt Watford into selling before next week’s domestic deadline.

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Dawson reacts to Watford’s relegtion. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Watford, who have yet to use Dawson in any of their Championship fixtures this season, were recently linked with the Wednesday defender, Dominic Iorfa.

And The Independent claimed a move for Iorfa ‘may depend upon outgoings’ at Vicarage Road.

But Watford have sold Roberto Pereyra and Luis Suarez for significant sums since then, while also releasing the £100,000-a-week Danny Welbeck.

A defender’s sale could therefore be the trigger for which Watford are waiting in their Iorfa pursuit – although they have already added William Troost-Ekong in Dawson’s position.

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Iorfa in action against Watford this season. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images )

Iorfa, who was omitted from Garry Monk’s latest squad with an apparent hamstring issue, has emerged as one of Wednesday’s most valuable assets since his transition from right- to centre-back last season.

And the Owls may require more than the £4m Watford are said to be charging West Ham to replace the 25-year-old with another player boasting physical and technical attributes similar to his.

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