Saturday 20 January 2018

Villa ponder launching loan move for Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayour of Spurs is being considered to join Aston Villa on a season-long loan
Emmanuel Adebayour of Spurs is being considered to join Aston Villa on a season-long loan

Matt Law

Tottenham Hotspur will consider allowing Emmanuel Adebayor to join Aston Villa on a season-long loan which would effectively end his White Hart Lane career.

Villa manager Tim Sherwood is interested in signing Adebayor after Liverpool triggered Christian Benteke's £32.5m release clause.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, had been demanding around £5m for Adebayor, but may be willing to sanction a loan deal if Villa fund the Togolese striker's £100,000-a-week wages.

Adebayor (31) has a year left to run on his Spurs contract, and loaning him to Villa for a season would get the former Arsenal player off the club's wage bill for good.

There is an understandable nervousness within Villa Park over sanctioning a move for Adebayor, given the fact that he has twice been granted compassionate leave by Spurs over recent months.

But a loan deal could suit all parties and Sherwood has made it clear Villa will attempt to exploit the loan market as he seeks to strengthen his squad.


Villa, however, are not the only club showing an interest in Adebayor and Levy's more flexible stance could increase competition.

Adebayor scored 14 goals in 25 games under Sherwood at Spurs and enjoyed working with the former Blackburn midfielder, but it remains to be seen whether a season in Birmingham would appeal to the player.

His first choice would be to remain in London and that could give West Ham the chance to reignite their interest in Adebayor.

Levy has sanctioned a number of Spurs exits, with Benjamin Stambouli the latest to go in a £6.5m move to Paris St-Germain. That exit means Spurs have now managed to get the Frenchman, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Younes Kaboul out of the club for a combined total of over £25m.

Adebayor, Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chiriches and Aaron Lennon all remain available, while Sunderland are interested in Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele, a player Spurs are not actively seeking to sell.

Another Tottenham player who is not for sale, reserve goalkeeper Michel Vorm, is on Ajax's list of potential replacements for Jasper Cillessen.

Ajax are concerned that Cillessen could still move to Manchester United and have drawn up a contingency plan in the event of his exit that includes Vorm.

The Dutchman would almost certainly be interested in such a switch, while Spurs could move for FC Utrecht's Robbin Ruiter to replace him. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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