Spurs defender sidesteps QPR speculation

Michael Dawson has shrugged off reports that he will join Harry Redknapp at QPR in January, stating that he is fully focused on Tottenham’s cause.

Rangers tried and failed to sign Dawson in the summer, and his former manager Redknapp will be anxious to strengthen the heart of the Rs defence – particularly after watching his new side concede from two corners against Manchester United on Saturday.

England international Dawson has been out of favour at Spurs since Andre Villas-Boas’ arrival, making just nine appearances this campaign.

However, the 29-year-old made his first Premier League start of the season against West Ham yesterday, captaining the side after being preferred to William Gallas – and he insists he is ignoring the speculation surrounding his future and is concentrating on building on the 3-1 victory over West Ham.

“I’m at Tottenham. I’m playing my football and I played today,” he said after the match. “I love playing football and I want to be playing. There’s no hiding that and it’s hard when you’re not.

“Every player wants to play, not just me, and of course it’s frustrating. But I’m someone who keeps my head down, works hard and when you’re called upon you’ve got to go out there and perform – and I thought all 11 players performed well.

“It’s a great feeling and great to get three points because these fans went through a hard week last week, losing the way we did against Arsenal, and it hurt the boys.

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“We’re back to winning ways in the Premier League, which we needed to do because we haven’t been having the best of runs in recent weeks.

“I think from minute one the boys pressed them [West Ham] all over the park, and we put them on the back foot. From a defensive point of view that always makes your job easier, but I thought everyone was top-class.

“You certainly know you’ve been in a battle when you play against Andy Carroll. I’ve played against him a few times, but we got about them and I thought the way we played was fantastic.”

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