New QPR Boss Harry Redknapp To Raid Former Club Tottenham For £8m-Rated Defender

Harry hopeful of persuading England international to swap White Hart Lane for Loftus Road.

QPR are hopeful their appointment of Harry Redknapp as manager will help the club land Tottenham defender Michael Dawson in January.

Rangers had an offer for Dawson accepted in the summer but were unable to persuade him to make the move.

They have been planning another attempt to sign the England international and the Loftus Road hierarchy believe the arrival of Redknapp, who managed him at Spurs, could prove decisive this time.

Redknapp will look to shore up a defence that has been vulnerable under Mark Hughes, who was sacked as boss after failing to win a league game this season.

Hughes felt he had a realistic chance of convincing Dawson to sign when the transfer window reopens.

SOURCE: West London Sport

New QPR boss Harry Redknapp is likely to be linked with moves for a whole host of former charges in the next couple of months but one player he will almost certainly be interested in is Tottenham’s Michael Dawson.

Redknapp is a big fan of the 28-year-old centre-half and continually lavished praise on Dawson during his three-and-a-half year spell in charge at White Hart Lane.

Interestingly, Redknapp’s predeccessor at Loftus Road, Mark Hughes, targeted Dawson in the summer, with Spurs accepting an £8m bid in August, but the former Nottingham Forest stopper chose to remain in North London to fight for place under Andre Villas-Boas.

Unfortunately for Dawson, this season has been no picnic, with the Portuguese restricting him to appearances in the League Cup and Europa League. That said, Dawson made his first Premier League start of the season for Spurs on Sunday, in the 3-1 win over West Ham. His return to the side, presumably to help combat the aerial threat of Andy Carroll illustrates that he is still in AVB’s thinking…for now.

But Spurs will welcome back Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto to fitness in the coming month, which will see Dawson’s chances further limited and, if Redknapp can stump up the cash, Villas-Boas will surely take it and look to buy the creative midfielder he sorely needs.

Redknapp desperately need to strengthen the Hoops’ leaky defence, which has conceded 29 goals in 13 matches, but he may be wary of Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy’s negotiating skills. Few fringe players than leave Spurs go on the cheap…

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