Dowie wants Wayne stay
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Iain Dowie wants Wayne Routledge to stay and help in the battle for survival.Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie remains resolute that the club want to keep hold of wantaway winger Wayne Routledge, at least until the end of the season.
The Premiership strugglers have so far rejected two bids from Spurs for the dynamic youngster, the latest at £2 million.
Dowie has admitted he is willing to risk losing the 20-year-old in June to a fee set by a tribunal, in a bid to secure Premiership salvation for The Eagles.
Routledge declared his intention to leave Selhurst Park at all costs although he could still play an integral role in keeping Dowie's team in the top flight, a result which would prove very lucrative.
"We had an increased bid but let's reiterate, I don't want to lose Wayne but at the same time he's made it clear he wants to leave the club," said Dowie.
"We're aware what valuation we'll get at a tribunal if it goes there and if it happens it happens.
"There's a valuation that I've got to stay in the Premier League, that's me not using my business head, so the bid they made we didn't see as sufficient and that's where it's gone."
On Saturday Routledge faced his potential future employers as Palace travelled to White Hart Lane and picked up a valuable 3-0 win.
Dowie believes that Routledge conducted himself well under the pressurised conditions, and praised the starlet's temperament.
"I think he took time to settle early on but the longer the game went on the more he developed," said the Eagles boss.
"He's a strong character in his own right and because of his decision he's got to live with the reaction of people, that's the modern world and professional football.
"Wayne responded very well and got good support from the senior players who helped him.
"He'll cope with that well, he looks a bit laid back but he's a bubbly character in his own right and will deal with that as he sees fit."
Despite being desperate to keep the player Dowie admitted that he would be shocked if Spurs did not come back with an improved offer in the next few days, although Palace will hold out for what they believe to be an appropriate price.
"I don't know about Spurs, if their interest is dulled at that figure I'd be very surprised but I can't speak for Martin Jol who is very keen on the player.
"They have a valuation that doesn't meet ours, that's what happens when one club is buying and the other is selling."