Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor's transfer saga took another odd twist on transfer deadline day, as the Togo international reportedly turned down moves to a number of clubs on advice from his pastor and believes he needs “a sign from God” before he will leave Spurs.
According to the Daily Telegraph's Matt Law, the 31-year-old finally agreed to a contract termination offer that would see Spurs pay his wages in full until he found a new club and made up the deficit between his former and new wages, only to change his mind again:
Tottenham were desperate to offload Adebayor this summer and made the striker a deadline-day offer to cancel the remaining year of his £100,000-a-week contract, so that he could join a new club as a free agent.
But Adebayor initially rejected Tottenham’s offer, insisting that he would only leave if his contract was paid up front and in full, which would have cost the club around £5million.
The former Manchester City star started just a single Premier League match last season, per WhoScored.com, and he isn't a part of the club's long-term plans. He refuses to leave Spurs, however, knowing full well his next contract will be significantly lower than the deal he's currently on.
As shared by the Daily Telegraph's Paul Hayward, fans shouldn't really be shocked at this latest development:
Tottenham and Adebayor will likely continue negotiating his termination, but with the transfer deadline now passed, he won't be able to sign for another club until the next window opens in January.
Per Law's report, Adebayor claimed back in July he needed a sign from God in order to go through with a move to Villa that seemed all but certain―he even posed in the club's shirt at one point.
Fans will likely debate whether religious or financial reasons are the primary cause for this latest twist, but as things stand, Adebayor could very well see out the final year of his contract without playing a minute of Premier League football.