QPR 'bid for Dawson'

Hughes looking to strengthen the heart of his defence

Michael Dawson: Could face limited opportunities at White Hart Lane under Andre Villas-Boas

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Sky Sports sources understand Queens Park Rangers have tabled a bid for Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson.

The centre-back was not in Spurs' 18-man squad for their defeat at Newcastle United on the opening day of the Premier League season and faces a tough task to regain a place.

Andre Villas-Boas has made William Gallas his new captain, Younes Kaboul started alongside the former Arsenal skipper and Jan Vertonghen was signed this summer.

Tottenham therefore have four centre-backs and Dawson could be viewed as fourth choice at White Hart Lane.

QPR exceptionally poor - Hughes

In contrast, the former Nottingham Forest player, who joined Spurs in 2005, could be guaranteed first-team football at QPR.

Mark Hughes' Loftus Road club were hammered 5-0 at home by Swansea City on Saturday in a horribly disjointed performance.

And the QPR boss, who has already signed seven players this summer, has clearly decided he needs to strengthen the centre of his defence before the transfer deadline at the end of August.