Queens Park Rangers are set to continue their summer spending after they were reportedly close to completing a deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson.

The Daily Mail has reported that QPR are willing to spend £10million on the defender who was left out of the Tottenham squad for the first game of the season against Newcastle United last Saturday.

Dawson struggled with injuries last season and has seemingly slipped down the pecking order at White Hart Lane after the arrival of Jan Vertonghen.

Michael Dawson
Dawson could be on his way to QPR [Reuters]

The Belgium international partnered William Gallas, who was handed the captain's armband, at the weekend, while Younes Kaboul and Steven Caulker are also believed to be ahead of Dawson under new boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The 28-year-old was a regular when he first moved from Nottingham Forest to White Hart Lane, playing 32 league games in his first full season and then 37 in his second campaign.

Injuries have played a part in his lack of games but it seems he may be handed regular first team football at QPR who are desperate to strengthen their defence after a 5-0 opening weekend defeat to Swansea.

The Daily Mail believes that Dawson will have a medical and discuss personal terms in the coming days, with neither expected to cause a delay on the transfer.

Dawson would certainly be an impressive signing for QPR who was the Tottenham player of the year back in 2010 and has made four appearances for England.

It would also signal the intent of Villas-Boas to clear out players he does not see contributing to the first team. Fellow defender Sebastien Bassong has today been sold to Norwich, while the future of Jermaine Jenas, David Bentley, Tom Huddlestone and Danny Rose also remains unclear.

Tottenham are also hoping to bring some new players to the club before the end of the transfer window, with Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor said to be close to finally completing his move to north London.