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Cattermole urges Palacios to stay

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Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole wants team-mate Wilson Palacios to stay at the club despite firm interest from Tottenham.

The Latics have already turned down a £10million bid but Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has not given up hope of taking the player to White Hart Lane. There is also interest from one Spanish club and another in Germany.

"I definitely hope Wilson stays. We want to keep hold of our best players and finish as high up the league as we can," Cattermole told the Wigan Evening Post.

"If we start letting people like him go, we are going to suffer unless we go and replace them straight away.

"It's in our interest to keep him. Wilson is a very good player - in fact, we have a team full of a very good players. If everyone stays and we keep working hard, this team will finish well up there in the table, I'm certain of that."

Manchester United have also been linked with the central midfielder, who cost around £1million when he signed a three-and-a-half-year deal just over 12 months ago from Honduran side Deportivo Olimpia.

Wigan have not dismissed receiving further approaches for the 23-year-old but have made it clear they believe he is worth much more, with £14million more realistic.

Palacios has emerged as a key player for Wigan in the last year and his departure would be a big blow for manager Steve Bruce.

Bruce, whose side remain seventh in the Barclays Premier League despite Wednesday's defeat at Manchester United, admits he would be powerless to prevent Palacios leaving if an acceptable offer came in.

"The difficulty in this is not myself or the chairman saying to Wilson 'Don't go' - it's what the player wants," he said. "Whether it's the right move is up to him to believe. But when you are going for that sort of fee, of course there is also a huge contract to go with it."

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Tottenham Hotspur
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Lee Cattermole
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