Tuesday 23 January 2018

Spurs refuse to pay up Adebayor's £5m contract as striker needed pastoral advice after Villa offer

The future of Adebayor has been one of the sagas of the summer
The future of Adebayor has been one of the sagas of the summer

Matt Law

Emmanuel Adebayor killed off any chance of playing football again before January after rejecting a Tottenham Hotspur pay-off and turning down a host of summer moves on the advice of his pastor.

The future of Adebayor has been one of the sagas of the summer and it is understood that he not only demanded huge money to leave White Hart Lane, but also pulled out of a move to Aston Villa because he claimed that he needed a sign from God.

Tottenham were desperate to offload Adebayor and made the striker a deadline-day offer to cancel the remaining year of his £100,000-a-week contract, so that he could join a new club as a free agent. Adebayor initially rejected the offer, insisting that he would leave only if his contract was paid up front and in full, which would have cost the club around £5 million.

Spurs were willing to pay him his £100,000-a-week wages until such time as he found a new club and supplement any shortfall he incurred by playing elsewhere, but refused to cave in to his sky-high demands.

With minutes of the transfer window remaining, the striker is understood to have signed the contract termination paper on Tottenham's terms but changed his mind at the last minute and ruined any hopes of a move.

The stand-off means that even if Tottenham and Adebayor come to an arrangement to cancel his contract in the coming weeks or months, the Togo international will not be able to play for another club until January. Adebayor has been frozen out at White Hart Lane this season, having been stripped of his squad number and forced to train with the Spurs U-21s.

Adebayor, 31, had been close to joining Villa at the end of July, but stunned Villa officials when, having completed a medical and posed for pictures in the club's shirt, he stalled on the deal by claiming that he wanted a sign from God that it would be the correct move.

The striker is understood to have then consulted his pastor over the prospect of moving to the Midlands before finally deciding against the switch, much to the frustration of the Villa manager Tim Sherwood.

West Ham United last week made Adebayor an offer to move to Upton Park on loan, but he did not turn up for a scheduled medical and requested more time to think about the switch. By the time Adebayor finally agreed to meet the West Ham manager Slaven Bilic on Monday, the Hammers were finalising their second Premier League loan in the form of Victor Moses from Chelsea.

That meant Adebayor's only hope of joining West Ham yesterday was to agree a pay-off with Tottenham, but that proved to be impossible. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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