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.

Arts and Entertainment
books
Voices
Caustic she may be, but Joan Rivers is a feminist hero, whether she likes it or not
voicesShe's an inspiration, whether she likes it or not, says Ellen E Jones
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and the Dalek meet
tvReview: Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Sport
Diego Costa
footballEverton 3 Chelsea 6: Diego Costa double has manager purring
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
3D printed bump keys can access almost any lock
techSoftware needs photo of lock and not much more
Arts and Entertainment
The 'three chords and the truth gal' performing at the Cornbury Music Festival, Oxford, earlier this summer
music... so how did she become country music's hottest new star?
Life and Style
The spy mistress-general: A lecturer in nutritional therapy in her modern life, Heather Rosa favours a Byzantine look topped off with a squid and a schooner
fashionEurope's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln
News
Dr Alice Roberts in front of a
peopleAlice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Star turns: Montacute House
tv
News
i100Steve Carell selling chicken, Tina Fey selling saving accounts and Steve Colbert selling, um...
Arts and Entertainment
Unsettling perspective: Iraq gave Turner a subject and a voice (stock photo)
booksBrian Turner's new book goes back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
News
The Digicub app, for young fans
advertisingNSPCC 'extremely concerned'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Some of the key words and phrases to remember
booksA user's guide to weasel words
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

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model of a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution