Real Betis have reportedly expressed an interest in signing Stoke City midfielder Wilson Palacios. The Spanish side are currently occupying a place at the foot of the La Liga table and their bid to avoid relegation has not been aided by the fact that key midfielder Xavi Torres is facing a long lay-off after suffering from a Achilles tendon tear recently.
In order to replace Torres, Betis manager Juan Carlos Garrido has identified Palacios as a possible transfer target during the transfer window.
Palacios has seen very little first team football since his move to Stoke City from Tottenham Hotspur a couple of years ago mainly due to persistent injury problems. This season, although Palacios has been relatively injury-free, the midfielder has been afforded very little first team football by manager Mark Hughes with the 29-year old making only 3 starts in the Premier League so far.
The 29-year old is said to be far from happy at the lack of first team football awarded to him and is said to be looking for a move away from the Brittania Stadium in order to cement his place in the Honduran National Team for the upcoming World Cup.
A move to a struggling Betis side would certainly provide Palacios regular first team football and Stoke City will most probably not stand in the midfielder’s way from letting him leave the club as the Potters are also looking to reduce their wage bill to free up some funds. However, it remains to be seen whether Palacios would want to move Betis or wait until a Premier League side comes along for his services.
Palacios first made a foray in England when he moved to Birmingham City in 2008 on loan. The midfielder then moved to Wigan Athletic where he impressed in his sole season at the DW Stadium and earned a move to Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around £12million. However, the Honduran struggled at White Hart Lane in his three years at the club and eventually moved to Stoke City in 2011 for a fee of £6million.