Spurs accept QPR bid for defender Dawson

Queens Park Rangers have agreed an initial fee of £7.5m for Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson.

The England international has yet to undergo a medical but has agreed to the move in principle, after being told he would be third-choice centre back at Spurs this season.

The proposed deal could eventually be worth up to £9m.

Nottingham Forest will be due 10% of the fee from a sell-on clause inserted when they sold Dawson to Spurs in 2005.

Rangers manager Mark Hughes moved to try to sign Dawson after his side were hammered 5-0 by Swansea at Loftus Road on the opening day of the season.

The defender, who has won four caps for England, was not a regular under former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp last season but is fit again after rupturing a ligament in his right ankle in March.

Sebastien Bassong, Dawson’s former Tottenham team-mate, left Spurs earlier on Tuesday after agreeing a three-year deal with Norwich City.