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Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios believes the club can be hauled up the Barclays Premier League with the help of Harry Redknapp's magic.

Spurs were rock bottom when Redknapp took over in October but they are now within sight of the top half with 10 matches remaining this season and have been bolstered by Palacios' arrival at White Hart Lane in January, along with the returning Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Pascal Chimbonda.

"It's lovely when a manager gives you positive feedback about your game and it goes for the rest of the players in the squad - everyone likes to hear that and, obviously, we can improve ourselves with the manager's help," Palacios said. "We are in a bit of a low position at the moment but we have good enough players to improve on our position. That is what we're all aiming for."

Redknapp has plenty of options in midfield, with Palacios, Jermaine Jenas and Didier Zokora competing for two places.

Tom Huddlestone is also in the squad but has been linked with Newcastle as he is struggling for first-team starts.

Honduras international Palacios, a £14million signing from Wigan, is picking himself at the moment after a positive start to his Spurs career.

"The fans have been very positive with me as well and I'll be working very hard to keep that going," the 24-year-old added. "I'm hoping that things improve. I'm here at a very important club and it is an important time of my life."

There are hopes of club captain Ledley King playing in the remaining games this season as there are no midweek matches scheduled, leaving the centre-back enough time to rest his knee.

"I don't want to jinx myself, but that's my aim," he said. "We've 10 games left and I would be delighted if I was involved in all of them.

"That would take me to over 30 games this season, which I would be happy with."

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Tottenham Hotspur
Tom Huddlestone
Robbie Keane
Didier Zokora
Football
Ledley King
Premier League
Jermaine Jenas
Jermain Defoe
Wigan Athletic
Wilson Palacios
Pascal Chimbonda
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