Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes has admitted that he may once again attempt to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson when the transfer window opens in January.

The west London club had a £9million offer accepted for the England defender during the summer, but Dawson failed to agree personal terms and the deal fell through.

Dawson has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane and has been informed by manager Andre Villas-Boas that he is now the fifth choice centre-back, behind William Gallas; Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Steven Caulker.

Michael Dawson
Dawson has yet to feature for Tottenham this season [Reuters] Reuters

This lack of first team football may leave Dawson looking for a new club in January and Hughes has admitted that there may still be interest from QPR.

"Maybe Michael's situation happened too quickly for him to understand what his future is at Spurs," Hughes told The Sun.

"We took it as far as we were able to and he would have been a good acquisition but it wasn't to be. In January that might be different if he is still out of the team but we may have moved on by then."

Dawson was on the bench for the game against QP at the weekend as Tottenham managed to recover from one-goal down to secure their first home win of the season.

An own goal from Alejandro Faurlin and a late Jermain Defoe strike handed Tottenham all three points and left Hughes bewildered as to how his side somehow lost.

"We're scratching our heads somewhat as to how we didn't get something out of the game," said Hughes. "I thought our performance from start to finish was excellent.

"We were outstanding in the first half and totally dominated. Brad [Friedel] kept them in it during the first half, because we could have been out of sight.

"We took the game to them and were exceptional value for the 1-0 lead at the break. They had to change things around at half-time and changed their shape.

"We gave them a little bit of a helping hand with the own goal, but we're very disappointed with the referee in regard to the second goal.

"There was an initial foul on Esteban [Granero] and then another on Nedum [Onouha] as he was trying to recover the situation. We were disappointed with the performance of the referee on that occasion as well as many others throughout the match."

QPR made 11 signings over the summer transfer window but have still struggled to get results in the early part of the season and are currently second bottom with just two points from five games.