Hughes - Dawson deal stalled

Hoops chief still hopeful of luring Spurs defender to Loftus Road

Michael Dawson: Failed to agree personal terms with QPR, according to Mark Hughes

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QPR boss Mark Hughes has admitted the club's proposed move for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has stalled over personal terms.

Spurs accepted a bid, thought to be in the region of £9million, from their London rivals earlier this week.

The England international, 28, is yet to agree to the switch, but Hughes remains hopeful a deal can be reached before the end of the August transfer window.

However, the Welshman remained tight-lipped over speculation linking the Hoops with moves for Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho and Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar.


"At the moment [the Dawson move] is not where I'd hoped it would be," conceded Hughes. "It may change.

"Obviously we've still got days left until the window closes so it might be revisited, but at the moment it is not in a place we think we can progress."

He added: "There is a lot of speculation about players that we're interested in, or supposedly interested.

"Some jumped the gun somewhat in terms of that one [Carvalho], but we're looking at quality players that can enhance the squad.

"Some are available, some are attainable, some are out of reach. We just have to focus on the one we can conclude."


Hughes also dismissed suggestions that he has targeted Brazilian shot-stopper Cesar as a replacement for Rob Green.

England keeper Green only joined from West Ham in the summer, but his blunder helped Swansea on their way to a 5-0 victory at Loftus Road.

"It was my intention to bring two keepers in, because we possibly wanted to give the option to the likes of Brian Murphy to go out on loan somewhere," said Hughes.

"We're still looking. We haven't been able to do that as yet and that was certainly the intention at the start of the season."