AVB starts his clear-out with Seb and Mike

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUGUST 23 - By IAN WIN­ROW

SE­BASTIEN BAS­SONG and Michael Daw­son have be­come the first ca­su­al­ties of An­dre Vil­las-Boas’ Tot­ten­ham clear-out.

Bas­song has sealed a £5.5mil­lion switch to Nor­wich while Daw­son is on the brink of com­plet­ing a move to Queens Park Rangers.

Both cen­tre backs were deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ments at White Hart Lane af­ter Vil­las-Boas de­cided his top four stop­pers will be Jan Ver­tonghen, Wil­liam Gal­las, Steven Caulker and Younes Kaboul.

And the pair will come face to face this week­end when their new clubs meet at Car­row Road.

Both Nor­wich and QPR were des­per­ate to strengthen their de­fence af­ter both were on the wrong end of a 5-0 drub­bing on Satur­day.

Stiffen

Chris Hughton’s men were ex­posed at Ful­ham – and the ar­rival of Bas­song on a three-year deal will help stiffen the back four.

And Daw­son has been tar­geted by Rangers man­ager Mark Hughes in the wake of their 5-0 home de­feat to Swansea last week­end.

The 28-year-old Eng­land de­fender is expected to com­mand a fee of around £6m.

But Hughes has the back­ing of Hoops owner Tony Fer­nan­des who has al­ready funded a ma­jor re­build­ing pro­gramme.

The de­par­ture of the Spurs pair will bring in much needed cash – and the duo are likely to be fol­lowed out of the club by a num­ber of other first team mem­bers.

Mid­fielder Tom Hud­dle­stone wasn’t in the squad last Satur­day.

And out of favour trio Jer­maine Je­nas, Gio­vani dos San­tos and David Bent­ley are also free to leave.

The out­go­ings will free up cash for Vil­lasBoas to strengthen his strike op­tions.

GONE: Bas­song and Daw­son suf­fer Vil­las-Boas’ axe

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