Whenever Harry Redknapp doesn’t much like a player, he tries to unload them in a swap deal.
26 year-old Wilson Palacios – Honduran has had poor season at Spurs
That’s so that not only can Harry unload a player he does;t want, but he can also get a player he does want – a win win for Tottenham.
But hardly a win-win for any club taking the deal as we saw when he tried to unload Robbie Keane and David Bentley in January.
Two players who cannot make the first team at Spurs, but Harry was still asking huge fees for those players, if only to recoup the ridiculous fees Tottenham paid out for them initially.
And neither Keane nor Bentley have exactly set things alight at their loan clubs, West Ham and Birmingham respectively, and cannot make the first teams regularly.
Redknapp even tried to offer Robbie Keane in part exchange for Andy Carroll earlier this year, but Newcastle are not as daft as they once were in the transfer market, thank goodness.
Well it now seems, if we are to believe the reports of the last several days, that Harry’s not too keen on Honduran International Wilson Palacios at Spurs, and at the same time he’s a big admirer of Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote, so guess what?
Yes, that’s right, he’s trying to unload Palacios on Newcastle and take Tiote the other way.
Wilson Palacios has had a very poor season at White Hart Lane, and Cheick Tiote has been a huge success on Tyneside in his very first season in the Premier League.
Palacios is now behind Tom Huddlestone and Sandro in the pecking order in midfield at the north London club.
The 71 times capped Honduran started his career at Olimpia in Honduras back in 2002, before joining Birmingham on loan in 2007.
He eventually ended up at Wigan in 2007, signed by then manager Steve Bruce, and then joined Spurs the next year, and he has so far played 81 times for Tottenham with just one goal.
Cheick Tiote signed a new six and a half year deal at Newcastle in February for a reported £50K/week, after he had rebuffed an offer from Chelsea in late January, and has since said he wouldn’t be comfortable living in London.
Tiote seems settled on Tyneside, and had this to say about the Newcastle side recently:
“I am not surprised by how well we’ve done because we work together and we have grown in confidence together.”
“If you do well against a big club you have confidence, and this year we have done well.”
Newcastle fans will be holding their breath just a little this summer, but we hope the only player who will likely move on is Jose Enrique, who seems to have been courted by a number of top clubs this year.
We don’t expect Cheick Tiote to be leaving Newcastle anytime soon, and he’s made himself a hugely popular player with the Geordie fans.
Of course, we did say almost the exact same thing about big Andy Carroll in January.