Mark Hughes’ search for defensive reinforcements at Queens Park Rangers continues with an agreement in principle for the season-long loan of Ricardo Carvalho from Real Madrid. Carvalho likely will be followed by the transfer of Michael Dawson from Tottenham Hotspur.
The moves would come after QPR suffered an opening-day 5-0 home loss to Swansea. They would enter a defensive lineup that includes acquisitions Jose Bosingwa from Chelsea and Manchester United loan Fabio Da Silva. Hughes, QPR’s manager, hopes the new defensive lineup will ease the job of goalkeeper Robert Green, who joined the club during the summer after his contract with West Ham United expired.
In Carvalho, QPR would get a player who has enjoyed league success wherever he has played. Porto was a three-time Portuguese champion while the 34-year-old Carvalho was at Porto; Chelsea won three Premier League championships during his stay from 2004-10; and Real Madrid won La Liga in Spain last season.
Tottenham reportedly has agreed to a transfer offer of approximately $11.5 million, which could increase to about $14 million for Dawson. He was named Spurs’ captain by new manager Andres Villas-Boas but was not in the lineup Saturday for Tottenham’s 1-1 opening-day draw with Newcastle.
Hughes hopes to have Carvalho and Dawson signed in time for QPR’s Saturday match at Norwich City. Their contracts would need to be registered with the FA by Saturday at noon, London time, for them to be eligible for the 3 p.m. match.
Nottingham Forest will receive 10 percent of the transfer fee as a result of a sell-on clause attached when Dawson was sold to Tottenham in 2005. Dawson, 28, played for Forest from 2001-05.