Tottenham Hotspur facing competition for the signature of Emmanuel Adebayor from Lokomotiv Moscow
LOKOMOTIV Moscow are ready to scupper Tottenham’s efforts to sign Emmanuel Adebayor after making an £8 million move for the Manchester City forward.
Former Arsenal forward Adebayor is still in talks with Spurs over a permanent transfer to White Hart Lane following his season-long loan last term, despite City agreeing a fee last week with the London club.
And with Spurs and Adebayor yet to come to an agreement over the player’s wages, Lokomotiv have contacted City to register their interest in the 28 year-old.
While Spurs are reluctant to match Adebayor’s £175,000-a-week City salary, Lokomotiv, now managed by former Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, have made it clear to the player that they are prepared to take on his wages in order to entice him to the Russian league.
It is understood that Adebayor prefers a transfer to Spurs over a move to Moscow, but with City determined to reduce their squad before stepping up efforts to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal, senior figures at the Etihad Stadium are ready to do business with Lokomotiv if Tottenham fail to conclude a deal with Adebayor.
The Togolese forward, a £25 million signing from Arsenal in July 2009, has not played for City since lining up against Red Bull Salzburg in a Europa League tie in December 2010.
Adebayor has since spent six months on loan at Real Madrid, followed by his season at Spurs, and City manager Roberto Mancini has told the player that he does not figure in his plans at the Etihad.
Mancini, meanwhile, has been impressed by the attitude of Carlos Tévez since the striker’s return for pre-season training.
The Argentine’s future has again been the subject of speculation but Mancini appears to have no problem with the prospect of the 28 year-old staying.
Mancini said: “He came back to Manchester and his behaviour was good. He played a lot of games and scored important goals that helped us win the title. Now he has started the pre-season training very well.”