Saturday 16 December 2017

West Ham pull out of signing Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham

Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor
Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor

Jason Burt

West Ham United have pulled out of a surprise deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham Hotspur.

It is understood that a move was close to being agreed before West Ham’s opening Premier League match of the season away to Arsenal earlier this month with Adebayor keen to stay in London.

However after the 2-0 victory at the Emirates West Ham called Spurs to say they did not want to proceed with the deal in which they would have taken Adebayor for free but picked up his £110,000-a-week wages in full.

West Ham sources have confirmed that a fresh inquiry was made for Adebayor who the club tried to sign in the January transfer window before Spurs chairman Daniel Levy pulled the plug on the move at the last-minute on deadline day.

However the sources added that a deal was not as close as Spurs have suggested although negotiations had continued. It remains possible that a move could yet be revived for Adebayor who has a year left on his contract at Spurs who are desperate for him to leave given his astronomic wages. Adebayor has been stripped of a squad number this season – Harry Kane has taken his number 10 shirt – and has been told he will not play for the club again.

Spurs have conducted an extensive clear-out of their squad with Aaron Lennon also told he can leave and also having his squad number – number seven – removed. But Adebayor is the priority.

The 31-year-old has turned down a number of offers including Aston Villa who are managed by Tim Sherwood, the former Spurs boss, who even showed the Togolese striker around Villa’s training ground and booked a medical.

 Selling Adebayor remains a major concern for Spurs before the transfer window closes with the player having also refused to negotiate a pay off – as he has demanded that the remainder of his contract is paid up in full. Spurs do not want to do this.

West Ham are extremely keen to add a striker and had hoped to sign Javier Hernandez from Manchester United. The Mexican was understood to want to join Slaven Bilic’s squad in the search of regular first-team football but it now appears that he is regarded as back-up to Wayne Rooney – unless United sign another striker – and may not be allowed to leave.

West Ham are believed to have decided against Adebayor also because there is renewed hope that record signing Andy Carroll can make a significant impact when he finally returns to full fitness even though that may not happen until October.

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