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Stoke willing to meet £20M Tottenham price for Crouch, Palacios

Stoke City must break the bank to land Tottenham pair Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch.

The Mirror says Tottenham want a staggering £20million for Crouch and Palacios - but the ambitious Potters are still closing in on the double deal.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is willing to increase his offer to £18m to make the biggest swoop in his unfashionable club's history happen - and also help Spurs pay-off Crouch and Palacios and aid the problem of sorting their personal terms.

England striker Crouch is looking for around £70,000-a-week to join the Potters, whose current top-earner is on much less than that. Midfield workhorse Palacios is looking for a huge salary, too.

The pair would also have to be given settlements from Spurs - taken from the transfer fee - to make them go, but Stoke are now clear favourites in the hunt for both players.

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