Tottenham Transfer Rumors: Daniel Sturridge In, Emmanuel Adebayor Out?

Ryan Day@theryanedwardCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14:  Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Chelsea FC and SSC Napoli at Stamford Bridge on March 14, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Manchester City seems keen on putting as many obstacles as they can between Emmanuel Adebayor and the exit door, making life miserable for a Tottenham fan base that is already anxious about the upcoming season.

According to The Daily Mail, the entire agreement hinges on the Blues paying off the rest of Adebayor's contract, something Roberto Mancini & Company don't feel particularly moved to do so.

What makes this particularly frustrating for everyone in north London is that the only first-team striker on the roster is Jermain Defoe.

While Defoe isn't a bad player by any stretch of the imagination, he isn't someone you're going to build a team of forwards around. He only had 14 appearances last season for Spurs.

In short, Defoe is the player you put around someone else.

But help could be on the way. reported that Chelsea is preparing to move Daniel Sturridge for a reported £10 million. The 22-year-old striker apparently fell out of favor with then-caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo, and early reports show it is unlikely that Sturridge will get significant playing time this coming season.

A Daily Mail report have Sturridge as a top target for Tottenham, with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas wanting to link back up with the young, productive striker.

At a club like Spurs that is starved for forwards, it would be shocking if he wasn't slotted in as the starter upon arrival.

He is a more expensive option than Adebayor, but Sturridge is also six years younger and can play a range of attacking positions the Togolese cannot. He's an excellent option in the air and has excellent finishing ability—both of which are Adebayor's strengths as well.

As far as his production goes, he scored 11 goals and assisted on three others in 30 appearances last season. Not as good as Adebayor, but then again Sturridge was competing with seven other forwards for playing time. Adebayor was only competing with five.

If Sturridge continues his streak of solid performances at the Olympics—his two goals lead the team—£10 million may seem like a bargain for such an up-and-coming talent.