Sportsmail takes a closer look at Tottenham's imminent new signing Wilson Palacios

1. The Honduran is known as "The Magician" in his home country after scoring a wonder goal for former club Olimpia from the half-way line in the final minutes of a game against Marathon is 2006.

2. Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo shares his birthday - July 29 - with Fernando Alonso, but the Formula One driver is three years older than the midfielder.

3. The 24-year-old was born in Le Ceiba, Honduras in 1984 and has four brothers - Milton, 27, Gerry, 26, Johnny, 20, and Edwin, 16. Milton and Gerry play for Marathon and Jonny represents Olimpia.

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Just magic: Palacios is known as the 'Magician' after a wondergoal for Honduras

4. Palacios' youngest brother, Edwin, has been held in captivity since he was kidnapped in November 2007. The Palacios family have reportedly paid £125,000 in ransom money, but can still only contact Edwin over the telephone. There were reports of the 16-year-old's release two weeks after he went missing, but Edwin has still not been reunited with his family.

5. Wigan boss Steve Bruce, then manager of Birmingham, heard about Palacios from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The Honduran had impressed Wenger during a two-week trial with the Gunners, but the Frenchman felt he did not need another midfielder in his squad.

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Big hit: Wigan paid £1m for Palacios after seeing him score twice in a trial game

6. Birmingham could not trial Palacios in an official game so a match between Coleshill FC in Warwickshire and the Blues was arranged to give the midfielder a run out. Bruce was convinced of Palacios' worth after he scored two goals in 45 minutes on a lumpy pitch.

7. Palacios' father, Eulogio, played for the Honduran club Le Mercedes. He also runs a youth football team in which all five Palacios boys have played.

8. Palacios has 58 international caps and has scored four goals for Honduras.

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Mixing it up: Palacios holds off Jermain Defoe who could be his new team-mate

9. The midfielder cost Wigan less than £1million a year go, meaning the club could make more than £13m profit in 12 months - without Palacios even contributing a goal to the Latics' cause.

10. Reports circulated in Honduras in August 2007 that Palacios had gone missing. His father was forced to admit the player was training with Arsenal in London and had not gone AWOL at all.

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