Palacios ponders Tottenham switch

Wilson Palacios' proposed move from Wigan to Tottenham may hinge on persuading the Honduras midfielder to move to London.

Spurs are thought to have agreed a fee of around £14m for the 24-year-old, who has been settled in the north-west and has a close support network in the area.

An increase in wages could be a factor, but Manchester City are also thought to be interested and Palacios could opt to wait until the summer before leaving the JJB Stadium.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp wants to bolster his squad with quality in numbers, with his problems highlighted by Aaron Lennon, Vedran Corluka and Heurelho Gomes playing against Portsmouth at the weekend despite carrying knocks.

Skipper Ledley King and striker Roman Pavlyuchenko were forced off on Sunday but the good news for Redknapp is that neither injury is serious - King has a minor hamstring strain while Pavlyuchenko's ankle complaint should not prevent him being in contention to face Burnley in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

"Pulling out of a tackle is not in my style," said Pavlyuchenko in Russian newspaper Sport Express. "What English side would keep a player in the team who pulls out of tackles?"

Gomes aggravated a groin strain and is willing to play through the pain barrier and help Spurs climb away from relegation trouble while Redknapp searches for adequate back-up in goal.

"My message is believe in us because we have good players here and we know in many games we haven't played very well," said the Brazilian in the Evening Standard.

"Everyone has confidence in the dressing room. Who knows who can climb up the league, but we all have confidence in getting up the table."

Newcastle's Steve Harper has been suggested as a possible deputy to Gomes, with Redknapp's other priorities including a left-sided midfielder and another striker.

With Middlesbrough unwilling to sell Stewart Downing, Reading's Stephen Hunt has been linked with solving Spurs' problem on the left.

Redknapp, however, was pleased with David Bentley's performance on that flank after bringing him on as a substitute against Pompey.

The Spurs boss told Bentley to raise his game last week and was delighted with the response.

"I spoke to him last week and told him what I expect from him and what makes him a player," Redknapp said.

"He went out and did that. That was the David Bentley I knew at Blackburn and Arsenal as a kid - not the David Bentley I've seen here too much.

"I think the penny has dropped and we'll see a different David Bentley from now on."

In attack, Spurs have had a bid turned down for Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones.

Lyon striker Fred, who they have been linked with previously, is back on the market.

"He absolutely wants to go," said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. "I have replied to him... that effectively he could leave.

"Now he has to find a club who would really like to have him at this stage of the season."

Jermaine Jenas appears to be staying at White Hart Lane, with Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho pointing towards a fantasy football selection he made at the start of the season as a reason why he was linked with the midfielder.

"It seems to me that someone wants a player from Inter and seeing that they know I like another player, they've brought out this story," said the former Chelsea manager.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
news
Sport
Lewis Hamilton with the Santander trophy after winning last year’s British Grand Prix
F1It's the race organisers who are to blame, apparently
News
peopleFormer Disney CEO isn't going to win any fans with this quote
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test