QPR Agrees to Fee for Tottenham Defender Michael Dawson

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2012

STEVENAGE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Michael Dawson of Tottenham (R) clears the ball from Ben May of Stevenage during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Stevenage and Tottenham Hotspur at The Lamex Stadium on February 19, 2012 in Stevenage, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a fee for the transfer of defender Michael Dawson.

Over the past couple of seasons, QPR has been one of the more active Premier League teams in the each of the transfer windows.

Last year, they brought in Joey Barton, DJ Campbell, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Anton Ferdinand, Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse, among others. This summer has seen Junior Hoilett, Park Ji-sung, Rob Green and Jose Bosingwa make the move to Loftus Road.

Now Dawson is added to that list.

The BBC reports the transfer fee is an initial £7.5 million, which could rise to £10 million.

Injuries cost the defender much of last season, as he only made eight league appearances, but he's now got a clean bill of health.

Manager Mark Hughes views Dawson as an immediate upgrade in the defense, which surrendered five goals to Swansea in the opening match of the season.

The back line was a bit of a problem for QPR last year as well. The 66 goals the club gave up were the fifth-most in the Premier League.

While Dawson and Bosingwa could help to improve on that, you have to question QPR's approach in the transfer market.

Since taking over as club chairman, Tony Fernandes has shown he is willing to spend what it takes to ensure that Queens Park Rangers maintain their place in the Premier League.

However, spending money doesn't always bring automatic success.

This was was witnessed in the Galacticos era at Real Madrid. Having Ronaldo, David Beckham, Figo and Zinedine Zidane all on the same team is wonderful, but there's still only one ball to go around.

Of course, no one would confuse what Madrid did with Queens Park Rangers' transfer strategy, but the problem is relatively the same.

It appears that QPR is spending money just to flex its muscles to all of the other lower-level top-flight clubs. How all of the new players would fit in is taken into account after they arrive.

The constant turnover doesn't allow the players to create the chemistry necessary to succeed. Instead, you just get a disjointed side that plays without any fluidity.

That's something that is absolutely key to having a successful back line. Defenders need to have good communication between themselves and the goalkeeper as well.

It's also something that only comes with time.

Now QPR is likely playing with three new faces at the back with Green, Bosingwa and Dawson. Then you have to throw in full-back Fabio, on loan from Manchester United.

It's going to take weeks, maybe even months before all of QPR's defenders have built up a solid rapport with one another.

For all of the money Fernandes spent, QPR barely made it out of the relegation zone, finishing a point above Bolton in 17th place.

It's also hard to argue that Joey Barton, last summer's marquee signing, has been worth the headaches he brought about both on the pitch and off, and has been strongly linked with a loan to Marseille.

Consequences are something foreign to Fernandes and Hughes with their buy first, ask questions later technique in the transfer market.

It's a policy that will see QPR once again fighting to stave off relegation.