Spurs on verge of Palacios signing

Tottenham Hotspur are close to capturing the signature of Wigan midfielder Wilson Palacios after manager Steve Bruce revealed on Friday that a deal had been "virtually agreed." The Honduran has been at the JJB Stadium for just over a year after joining from Deportivo Olimpia for £1 million, and the Latics now stand to make a substantial profit on the 24-year-old having reportedly agreed a fee of around £14m with Spurs. "The clubs have virtually agreed a fee. It's how it will be paid," said Bruce. "It is up to us as a selling club to demand what we want in terms of how we should be paid and how we should be structured. We will see what happens. "Wilson is still with us and I'm preparing him to play against Manchester City. That's the situation at the moment but we will see what happens in the next few hours.

"You look at what we bought him for and what we might sell him for and it is quite remarkable. As a manager you don't want to lose one of your best players. The last thing I want to do is dismantle my team. Wilson has come from nowhere to being one of the best midfield players in the country.

"But of course we have to be realistic, which I am. We are Wigan Athletic and if it is the wish of the player all these things have to be taken into consideration.

"Spurs can offer bigger contracts than us. They can blow us out of the water but it would be like losing my right arm."

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