Michael Dawson has emerged as a January transfer target for Southampton as Nigel Adkins aims to plug the Saints’ leaky defence.Reports in the Mirror suggest that Adkins is willing to pay up to £7.5m for the Spurs centre half. Dawson, who has been rumoured to leave White Hart Lane since August, would bring welcomed stability to the Saints defence.
Whilst Southampton have looked impressive going forward this season, yet inexperience at the back has seen the Saints concede an average of three goals a game, from their first eight Premier League outings.
Adkins could do a lot worse than sign Dawson, who would offer a solution to the Saints defensive crisis. However whether a team like Southampton can afford to spend £7.5m on one player with other signings needed in January remains to be seen.
The Spurs club captain almost joined fellow strugglers QPR in the summer, but after a move failed to materialise the 28-year-old has become a wanted man once more.
Whilst Dawson has the experience and skill to fit into the majority of Premier League sides, the Saints could offer the England international a genuine challenge, as well as first team football. However the threat of relegation is a concern for Southampton, and the possibility of playing second tier football next season is enough to put Dawson off a move to St. Mary’s.