Report: Wilson Palacios linked with Miami FC move

The ex-Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder could reportedly be playing under Alessandro Nesta in the US second tier next season.

Former Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Wilson Palacios is reportedly set for a move to the USA.

According to the likes of Diario Deportivo Mas, the Honduras international is on the verge of joining NASL expansion side Miami FC ahead of their inaugural season, having been without a club since leaving Stoke in the summer.

Miami, who are set to begin play in the US second tier next April, are co-owned by Italy legend Paolo Maldini, while the ex-AC Milan captain’s former club and international teammate Alessandro Nesta was appointed as the Florida outfit’s first head coach in August.

Palacios was recently spotted training on South Beach with fellow Honduran Hendry Thomas, who plays for local rivals Fort Lauderdale Strikers, but initial speculation that he could be set to join his compatriot at the Ronaldo-backed team has since died down after reports of Miami's interest emerged.

The 31-year-old has been linked with a host of other clubs since his Stoke departure, including Hull City and Bolton Wanderers [h/t Hul Daily Mail], while he also trained with the Philadelphia Union of MLS for a couple of weeks in June.

Union boss Jim Curtin did express interest in signing the 97-times capped Honduran on a permanent basis at the time, but he instead opted to head back across the Atlantic in a bid to continue his career in England.

He joined Hull on a two-week trial soon after but failed to earn a contract due to fitness issues and has since been unable to earn a new deal elsewhere.

While Tottenham once paid £12 million to sign him from Wigan Athletic in 2009, the two-time World Cup veteran has struggled with injuries since a move to Stoke in 2011 and did not make a single first-team appearance for the Potters last season.

Whether he would have more luck in Miami remains to be seen, but with the club looking to make a splash in the transfer market going into their debut campaign, his Premier League pedigree would be of obvious intrigue.

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