AVB won’t let duo join QPR

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has no plans to let Michael

Dawson and Scott Parker join former boss Harry Redknapp at Queens

Park Rangers in January.

Dawson rejected a move to QPR in the summer, but the Premier

League strugglers have been tipped to revive their interest next

month, with the centre-half not a regular under Villas-Boas.

Parker, meanwhile, has yet to play for Spurs this season due to

an Achilles injury and faces a fight to force his way back into the

centre of midfield.

However, Villas-Boas does not want to lose either player in the

New Year, despite admitting that he expects Redknapp to be

interested in signing members of Spurs’ squad.

“At the moment it’s very unfair on me to try to say what QPR’s

decision-making is in the transfer window,” said Villas-Boas.

“Obviously Harry knows these players very well and if he has to

add to his squad he will certainly look to our players but we are

not looking to sell those two, or loan them.

“Scott has been gaining fitness. I think Scott will be playing

regularly here. For the player that he is, I think he has to.

“He has to compete, like Dembele and Sandro have to, but we

recognise the importance of the player and we rate him very highly.

He offers us more possibilities.

“He has experience and leadership qualities. Scott is key to the

team. We lost first Mousa to injury, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Kaboul

and Scott, and we’ve been very patient.

“Younes still has to recover from injury and get match fitness,

so we need cover and Jan Vertonghen has been playing at left-back

so we are not excessive in terms of numbers. But we are not looking

for Dawson to go.”

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