MICHAEL Dawson would be an impressive addition to Sunderland’s squad – but will Andre Villas-Boas let him leave Tottenham?
QPR and Stoke are also interested in the England centre-half, while the Yorkshireman could still choose to stay and fight for his place at White Hart Lane.
spurs manager Villas-Boas says Dawson is being made available because the currently has five centre-halves on the books and that is too many.
His other four central defenders are William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Steven Caulker and new signing Jan Vertonghen.
“I just said that four is a lot,” Villas-Boas explained.
“With five, it is an extremely difficult situation, because you just cannot spread opportunities with everybody.
“Michael is a player of immense human dimension and an extremely good player.
“He is an English international which we respect.
“In my conversation with Michael, things were very open.
“We would listen to offers but, if the scenario at the end of the transfer window ended up with Michael staying, it would be an extremely good privilege for us.”
Queens Park Rangers want Dawson and there were many who were thinking he would make the short trip across London by the end of the month in a £7.5m deal.
But that is reported to have stalled on personal terms with the player lukewarm on a move to either QPR or another interested club, Stoke City, with the Potters also reluctant to pay a massive fee.
The Sunderland move is believed to appeal to Dawson but the potential sticking point of any move to Wearside could be the exact valuation of the player.