Spurs seal Adebayor signing
Spurs had been trying to tie up a deal for Adebayor all summer,
with the striker having enjoyed a successful loan spell at White
Hart Lane last season.
It had been feared the move might break down over money but both
clubs confirmed on Tuesday afternoon an agreement had been reached,
while Adebayor himself tweeted: “I’m back!!!! Tottenham here I
come!! I’m hungry for goals…Get ready.”
Sources close to Tottenham have insisted the club have not
broken their wage structure to sign the 28-year-old, who was
reportedly on ?175,000 a week at City and reluctant to take a big
It would seem the hold up was more the result of a dispute
between the player and the Barclays Premier League champions over a
loyalty bonus pay-off.
Adebayor spent three years at City but fell out of favour upon
Robert Mancini’s appointment as manager and spent the last year and
a half on loan at Real Madrid and Spurs.
Despite having become a hate figure among Tottenham fans because
of his days at Arsenal, Adebayor quickly won them over with a
string of outstanding displays and finished last season as their
top scorer with 18 goals in 37 appearances.
He told the club’s official website: “I am pleased to be signing
for Spurs on a permanent basis after finally agreeing my departure
with Manchester City.
“It may have taken longer than expected but I am delighted to be
back at Tottenham Hotspur.
“I really enjoyed my time here last season and I am hoping we
can achieve great things together again.”
Adebayor’s arrival should end Spurs’ search for a new
centre-forward, with Jermain Defoe their only recognised
out-and-out senior striker in Saturday’s Premier League opening-day
defeat at Newcastle.
But it is unlikely to herald the end of their summer transfer
business, with QPR having made a bid for Michael Dawson on Tuesday
afternoon, hot on the heels of fellow defender Sebastien Bassong’s
move to Norwich.
There are also reports Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, David
Bentley and Giovani dos Santos could find themselves surplus to
requirements under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.