Palace reject 1.5m bid for Routledge

Last updated : 26 January 2005 By Alistair Murray

"An offer of £1.5m is not a goer. He wants to leave but we have a view on what a tribunal would give us," said Crystal Palace manager Iain Dowie.

Meanwhile, ex-Spurs and Republic of Ireland winger Tony Galvin has urged Frank Arnesen to press on and clinch a deal to bring Routledge to White Hart Lane.

"I think Routledge could become a top winger. From what I’ve seen of him he seems pretty fearless and doesn’t mind taking players on.

"He is a bit raw and certainly not the finished article, but I think he is about as a good as they are going to get for that sort of money," he said.

Galvin didn’t have such kind words for fellow-countryman Andy Reid, who Spurs have also been attempting to sign this month.

"Having seen Andy Reid play, you can probably work out why Spurs have not so far paid the big money for him. He is not the most mobile," the former Spurs star added.