Levy intervenes to prevent Adebayor Hammers switch
Daniel Levy personally intervened to stop Emmanuel Adebayor making a controversial loan move to West Ham because he will not pay for the striker to play for Tottenham's fierce rivals.
West Ham made an enquiry over taking Adebayor on loan until the end of the season after hearing that Spurs had been willing to subsidise his £100,000-a-week wages to join either Queens Park Rangers or Crystal Palace.
Adebayor turned down both QPR and Palace, but West Ham were told by Tottenham chairman Levy that, unlike the other two London clubs, they would have to pay Adebayor's full salary to take him to Upton Park.
West Ham were prepared to pay half of Adebayor's wages, but, with time running out on transfer deadline day, Levy was refusing to do the Hammers any favours.
Levy told West Ham officials that he could not pay a player to appear in the claret and blue of Tottenham's bitter rivals, particularly with the clubs only separated by six points in the Premier League table.
Spurs had been hoping to offload out-of-favour Adebayor, but now face having to accommodate the 30-year-old and his expensive salary for the rest of the season.
Adebayor did not want to join a relegation fight with either QPR or Palace, who were confident of agreeing a cut-price deal with Spurs, after seeing potential moves to Roma and Paris Saint-Germain fall through in the last week.
Apart from spending time on negotiations regarding Adebayor, Tottenham were completing the signing of MK Dons wonderkid Dele Alli after making a late bid to snatch him from under the noses of Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
Alli will cost Spurs around £5m and will be loaned back to MK Dons for the remainder of the season. The 18-year-old is already well known to Tottenham's new head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who worked at MK Dons before Southampton.
England youth international Alli has been compared to a young Steven Gerrard and is the latest in a line of young British talent who Levy has agreed to pay relatively big fees for.
While the incomings may have been in short supply, Tottenham's most significant piece of January transfer business was to tie top scorer Harry Kane down to a new five-year contract worth around £40,000-a-week. (© Daily Telegraph, London)