Friday 23 March 2018

Pardew weighs up move for free agent Adebayor

'Adebayor (p) is a proven striker who has previously interested Pardew' Photo: PA
'Adebayor (p) is a proven striker who has previously interested Pardew' Photo: PA

Declan Warrington

Alan Pardew, the Crystal Palace manager, has confirmed he is considering signing Emmanuel Adebayor.

The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker is a free agent, having been released by Spurs in September, and could prove an option in Pardew's search for a goalscorer.

For all the creativity provided by Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye, Palace's total of 23 Premier League goals is the lowest of any team in the division's top 12 and could undermine what has so far been a promising season.

A move for Adebayor, 31, is some way off but he is a proven Premier League striker who has previously interested Pardew, who is expected to recall Connor Wickham at Manchester City today.

"Adebayor is a player that is there for somebody and it is a question of looking at that one and wondering where the right club for him is and whether he is the right player for us," Pardew said. "We'll have to wait and see. We are trying to bring a striker in - whether permanently or on loan - and myself and Steve [Parish, Palace's chairman] are making a lot of phone calls to try and resolve that. You want to try and bring in a quality player and so you can't dismiss anyone."

Pardew is without the injured Bolasie today but could have Dwight Gayle available after injury. Gayle is a reported target for Norwich but Pardew said: "He's been linked many, many times, but we haven't had an official bid.

"We've had a lot of calls and messages from agents. At the moment he is retained as our player and we're not scoring a lot of goals, so I'm looking forward to him coming back."

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied Premier League rivals have worked his team out. City were held to a goalless draw by Everton on Wednesday despite dominating the chances and remain three points behind league leaders Arsenal.

"One of the things this team is not is predictable," he said. "We have so many different ways to play - with two strikers, with one striker, without strikers. We've changed the tactical system a lot so I think we continue being, after three seasons when I'm in charge, the top-scoring team of the Premier League. If we don't score once, having 17 shots at goal, it's just an accident."

Irish Independent

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