Licensed middle man Faisal Kashmiri, of the Strata Sports agency, alleges in his lodged writ for damages that he was hired by Spurs manager Harry Redknapp to negotiate the Palacios move from Wigan.
Kashmiri, who was charged with breaching the FA’s agents regulations in 2008 over Nick Carle’s move from Bristol City to Crystal Palace, claims he had several meetings with Wigan’s then manager Steve Bruce to set up the Palacios transfer before asking Spurs what commission he would be paid. The agent alleges he had a verbal agreement for 7.5 per cent of the transfer fee.
The court documents state that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy told Kashmiri the club had never paid more than £500,000 to an agent and that the commission would be finalised when the deal was completed.
However, Kashmiri was not involved in the final negotiations before Palacios signed for Spurs on January 21, 2009. That day Levy sent Kashmiri an email saying the club ‘only pay an agent where they provide value and in this instance no fee is payable’.
Spurs will strongly defend the agent’s claim in court. They say they dealt directly with Wigan to buy Palacios before agreeing personal terms with the player’s agent, Jean Marc Goiran of the Jess group.