Dowie seeking best deal
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ian Dowie has conceded that he is likely to lose Wayne Routledge.Iain Dowie has conceded that he is likely to lose young winger Wayne Routledge, but urged the Crystal Palace fans not to voice their annoyance at the player.
Dowie admits that he has not given up hope on convincing Routledge to remain at Selhurst Park, but admits it is probably more a case of getting the best deal now that the player has refused to agree a new contract with the club.
"Spurs have made tentative enquiries but it is nothing firm," Dowie told Sky Sports News
"I reiterate: we are very keen to keep him but he feels that it is better to go elsewhere so it's a case of putting our business heads on, if you like, and trying to get a deal that's right.
"But we're still some way from doing that as we speak. We have had some preliminary discussions, but I wouldn't say any more than that.
"A couple of other clubs are showing interest but nothing concrete yet and we see how it progresses.
"I hope he's still here in February, but it's very much on a knife edge. If the offer is right then that's a situation we will have to look at.
"The longer it doesn't happen, the better it is for us because I still think this is the best place for his future, but he disagrees."
Dowie does not anticipate that the player's desire to leave will alienate him from the supporters.
"I think the fans will give him a positive reaction," added Dowie.
"Maybe if they do get behind him he'll see how much he's regarded at this club.
"I don't foresee any adverse reaction to him but he's a strong character anyway."