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Van der Vaart in Ade appeal

RAFAEL van der Vaart has urged Tottenham to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis.

Adebayor, who is on a season-long loan from Manchester City, scored twice on Sunday to inspire Tottenham to a 3-1 win over Swansea City, their first Premier League victory in six attempts.

Adebayor arrived at White Hart Lane with concerns about his temperament, attitude and ability, but he has defied critics to score 14 goals and give the Londoners a good chance of qualifying for next year's Champions League.

The striker is reported to earn around £170,000 a week at City, a figure way beyond what the top earners take home at Tottenham, but Van der Vaart rates his team-mate as one of the best and wants him to stay.

"He is one of the best, a top striker," Van der Vaart said. "He played for Real Madrid, for Arsenal, Manchester City. I was surprised that he came and I hope that he stays. He works his socks off, he's unbelievable. He's so positive. We love him here. I played with (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy (at Real) and he was fantastic - and with Ade (Adebayor) as well. Normally strikers wait for the chance and they score, but he works hard as well and even when he doesn't score, he's still important for the team. He's a big man for us."

Van der Vaart has been one of the main beneficiaries of Adebayor's arrival. The Dutchman has formed a strong bond with the Togolese, who powered home two headers in the final 17 minutes to settle Sunday's game after Gylfi Sigurdsson had equalised Van der Vaart's opener.

Van der Vaart acknowledges that Adebayor's wages could stifle any hopes of him staying.

"The problem is the wages," he said. "I have tried to persuade him to stay."


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