Emmanuel Adebayor Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Tottenham Star

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 25, 2013

Emmanuel Adebayor Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Tottenham Star

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    Welcome to B/R's transfer tracker for Emmanuel Adebayor—a man the British papers believe is very likely to attract significant interest this winter.

    As such, we'll keep tabs on every link on a weekly basis, with his abject performance against Manchester City on Sunday likely to hasten his exit from Tottenham Hotspur.

    —LAST UPDATE: Wednesday, December 18—  

In from the Cold

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    According to The Telegraph, Emmanuel Adebayor is set to be given a second chance at Tottenham Hotspur ahead of their Capital One Cup quarterfinal against West Ham.

    With Andre Villas-Boas recently fired, caretaker manager Tim Sherwood will reintegrate the Togolose hitman after identifying the striker's position as real cause for concern.

    The former Manchester City man has only played around 45 minutes of football so far this season, but could even be in line to start.

    It's a big audition: play well and your career reignites, play poorly and your exit may be sealed.

"What a Game!"

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    Tottenham Hotspur pair Emmanuel Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto may have landed themselves in trouble.

    BAE was loaned to Queens Park Rangers this summer after Danny Rose assumed the left-back role and Adebayor hasn't found any joy up front. Neither are happy, and they let their feelings show after Spurs' 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.

    Assou-Ekotto posted a provocative picture on his personal Twitter account just hours after the loss, with the two exiles signalling the concession of five goals using their fingers.

    Hastening the exit?

No Fresh Joy

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    With the potential West Ham interest a week old and no fresh links, it's not been easy sledding for Emmanuel Adebayor.

    He was out of the Matchday squad for the trip to Sunderland due to injury and therefore played no part in the intriguing striking duel between Jermain Defoe and Roberto Soldado.

    With ESPN suggesting Dimitar Berbatov is a January target, Ade's days look seriously numbered.

What Could Have Been...

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    Remarkably, in an alternate universe, Emmanuel Adebayor could well be playing for Manchester United right now.

    The Telegraph believe the Old Trafford club approached Tottenham Hotspur about signing Gareth Bale in the final two weeks of the summer window, but Daniel Levy attempted to throw the Togolese striker into the deal too.

    It is said United would have been willing to take Adebayor if it meant getting Bale too.

West Ham Interest

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    According to Hugh Southon at Sports Direct News, West Ham have Emmanuel Adebayor as one of 19 names to pursue in January.

    Sam Allardyce has been operating without a striker for over a month due to a succession of injuries to his forward players, and Andy Carroll hasn't kicked a ball as a permanent Hammer since joining for £15 million in the summer.

    They pay big wages at the Boleyn Ground, and this link makes more than a little bit of sense.

The Financial Mess Revealed

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    The Daily Mail have revealed the full extent of Manchester City's financial contributions to the Emmanuel Adebayor-Tottenham Hotspur deal.

    In addition to the owed payments coming up this January, the Citizens still pay the Togolese striker around £40,000-per-week despite the fact that he hasn't kicked a ball for the club since 2011.

    This is common when a player accepts a lower contract in moving to another side, as very few are willing to sacrifice an enormous wage for more playing time—see Wayne Bridge for more details.

Adebayor to Risk Windfall?

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    The Metro have shed light on a possible hiccup in Emmanuel Adebayor's expected move this January.

    The Togolese striker will supposedly bank £1.4 million in owed payments should he stick around for another half-season, as portions of his transfer fee paid by Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City are owed directly to him.

    It presents the question: Does Adebayor crave first-team football enough to forfeit such a windfall?