QPR transfers: Mark Hughes still open to Michael Dawson deal
QPR transfers: Mark Hughes reveals the Hoops may look at signing Tottenham Hotspur's Michael Dawson in January
Mark Hughes admits Queens Park Rangers may consider making another move for out-of-favour Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson in the January transfer window.
The 48-year-old had a £9m offer for the England defender accepted in August, but the Hoops failed to agree personal terms with former Nottingham Forest star.
Dawson continues to be used as a utility player at Spurs, with Andre Villas-Boas preferring William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen and Steven Faulkner to the club captain.
Hughes, who saw his side suffer a 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday, revealed QPR had taken negotiations as far as possible last month, but the Hoops may reassess the situation in January.
“We took that as far as we were able to. It would have been a good acquisition if we were able to do it but it wasn’t to be,” said Hughes.
“Maybe Michael’s situation had happened to quickly for him to understand what his future is at Spurs.
“Maybe in January it will be different if he’s still out of the team, but we may have moved on from that by that point.
“We’ll never say never but sometimes when a deal gets that close, it needs to be concluded there and then. If not, then it’s not meant to be.”
Meanwhile, boyhood Tottenham fan Jamie Mackie described Dawson as a “top player” and the QPR striker would have relished to play alongside the 28-year-old at Loftus Road.
“I can’t really talk about other players because I play in the same league,” Mackie added.
“It’s hard because I’m a Spurs supporter from a distance. When it comes to talking about Michael Dawson, all I can say is he’s a top player and I would have loved him at our club as well.
“He’s decided to stay at Tottenham so he’s very lucky.”