Spurs' double bid confirmed
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bob Dowie has confirmed Tottenham have made a double bid.
Crystal Palace director of football Bob Dowie has confirmed Tottenham have made a double bid for Wayne Routledge and Andy Johnson.
Dowie, brother of Eagles boss Iain, has revealed to Sky Sports News that Routledge has already agreed personal terms with Spurs after being a long-term target for Martin Jol's side.
The two London clubs are in daily contact in a bid to avoid the deal going to a transfer tribunal but Palace's valuation of the winger, who scored for England's Under-20 side against Tunisia in Toulon on Thursday, far exceeds that of Spurs.
Relegated Palace have already snared Jobi McAnuff from Cardiff City as a replacement for Routledge, whose contract expires this summer.
"He's out of contract," Dowie told Sky Sports News. "He's a young man and we'll be seeking compensation for him.
"I believe he has agreed personal terms with Tottenham. We are bitterly disappointed to see him go as we wanted him to stay but Wayne sees his future somewhere else.
"There's no hard feelings just a pat on the back and good luck to the kid.
"We are attempting to do a deal with Tottenham but that is proving very difficult. We are hoping not to have to go a tribunal with things, we hope to be able to rough it out with Spurs; they have a valuation and we have a much higher valuation of him.
"Frank Arnesen and I, and Simon Jordan, are talking daily in an attempt to move it forward. We are closing and I think we can reach agreement with Tottenham - I don't think we'll have to go to a tribunal."
Dowie has reiterated his brother and chairman Simon Jordan's claim that star striker Johnson is not for sale despite facing the prospect of playing Championship football next term.
The England international, involved in the tour of the United States with Sven Goran Eriksson's men, was confirmed as a Tottenham target, despite a surfeit of strikers at White Hart Lane, but Dowie stressed that all offers for their top scorer will continue to be rebuffed.
"Frank Arnesen, like many other managers, has enquired about AJ and what's happening, is he up for sale?
"I'd reiterate what the chairman has said, what Iain has said and what I've said. We are building our Championship challenge around Andy Johnson.
"We don't see it as hampering his England career at all. We see him as the key to getting us back in The Premiership as he's our main man."