Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is hoping to pull off a remarkable coup by signing Tottenham's Wilson Palacios in a £10m deal, but the midfielder must take a pay-cut to make the deal happen.
According to a report in The Sun, Pulis has identified the Honduras international as his top transfer target and has made enquiries about his availability.
It is thought Stoke owner Peter Coates is backing his manager in his pursuit of Palacios and is willing to break the club's transfer record to ensure the Spurs player moves to the Britannia.
However, the deal could hit a major obstacle over the 27-year-old's wages. Palacios currently earns £60,000 a week at White Hart Lane and has three years remaining on the contract he signed in 2009.
The Potters are prepared to make the former Wigan star the highest paid player at the club and will offer £40,000 a week, which although lucrative, will be a third less than his current salary.
The FA Cup finalists are thought to want the deal concluded before the start of the season when they meet Chelsea next Sunday.
Despite playing a crucial role in Tottenham's successful bid to attain a top four place in the 2009/10 season, Palacios found himself out of favour for much of the last campaign.
Manager Harry Redknapp preferred to use Tom Huddlestone or Sandro in the deeper midfield role which saw Palacios' chances limited.
It appears that the decision will be down to the player himself as to whether he moves to find regular first-team action or stays to fight for his place on a more lucrative deal.
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