While Dawson was interesting Hull City, West Ham and Crystal Palace Vlad Chiriches was being offered around Italy and Younes Kaboul was also made available.
Spurs knew all three would not leave but it seemed to be a question of which two first. Now with just over 3 weeks left they are all still at the club and websites wondering who was going to be the new captain are looking rather foolish. No experienced centre-back has been brought in as yet and so Dawson is not for sale at the moment.
Captain Dawson remains captain Dawson, that's the message from new Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino. He thinks there is nothing to talk about where matters of captaincy are concerned.
“Still Michael Dawson is here and he is our captain. For me it is not a problem to choose the captain. For me, Michael Dawson is here and while still here is the captain. It is nothing to talk about.”
Privately he has been assured he will keep the captaincy if he can prove he deserves a place and pre-season so far has suggested he is at the head of the queue with Jan Vertonghen to start the first game in just over a week.
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As yet Tottenham have not made him available for sale, potential deals are discussed and Hull City are still interested with Sunderland also emerging as an interested party but until Spurs give the green light Dawson is remaining at White Hart Lane.