Tottenham will not struggle without Dawson, insists Villas-Boas

The Tottenham boss confirms that he is willing to let the 28-year-old leave White Hart Lane, insisting that he has enough defenders to cover the expected departure

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has insisted that the Premier League side have enough defensive cover to allow Michael Dawson to move to QPR for a reported £9 million.

The 28-year-old was left out of the Spurs squad for their opening day defeat to Newcastle United and is now set to move across the capital.

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The England international is yet to agree personal terms and complete a medical with the west Londoners ,but Villas-Boas is set to move him on after falling down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

"His human qualities are highly appreciated by us and the football club,” Villas-Boas told reporters.

"His skills as a footballer are second to none so we appreciate them as well.”

Dawson signed for the north London club from Nottingham Forest in 2005 and spent the majority of last season on the sidelines through injury.

QPR manager Mark Hughes is desperate to bolster his defensive options following a dismal 5-0 thumping against Swansea City and the chase to sign Dawson sees the London-based club beat Stoke City to his signature.

Despite regaining full fitness he has fallen behind Younes Kaboul, William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen and Steven Caulker in the pecking order.

"If we end up with a scenario with five central defenders there is more competition and there might be less opportunities,” he continued.

"That's why we are willing to consider different options and we have allowed the player to speak to QPR."