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Watford sign centre back Dawson from West Brom

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Championship - West Bromwich Albion v Sheffield United - The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain - February 23, 2019 West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson in action with Sheffield United's Billy Sharp Action Images/Alan Walter

(Reuters) - Watford have signed English defender Craig Dawson from West Bromwich Albion on a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The fee was undisclosed but British media said the deal was worth 5.5 million pounds and 29-year-old Dawson has the option of a further year.

A former England Under-21 international who also represented Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics, Dawson brings a wealth of experience to Vicarage Road, having racked up 153 top-flight appearances before West Brom suffered relegation in 2018.

Dawson featured 45 times in all competitions as West Brom reached the Championship (second-tier) playoffs last season where they lost to Aston Villa in the semi-finals.

He becomes Watford boss Javi Gracia’s first close-season signing as the London club look to build on their 11th-placed finish in the league last season.

Watford kick off their 2019-20 campaign against Brighton & Hove Albion on Aug. 10.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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