Wage demands blocking Tottenham from selling Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign a replacement for misfiring Emmanuel Adebayor but would have to sell the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker first, the Daily Mirror has reported, and his wage demands are likely to prove a stumbling block.

Spurs signed Adebayor on a permanent deal last summer, having had the Togo international on loan for the previous season, but the newspaper claims it was a deal pushed through by chairman Daniel Levy rather than Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas during the latter days of Harry Redknapp’s time at the club. Villas-Boas instead argued for Jermain Defoe to be signed to a new contract, which he eventually was.

While on loan Adebayor was prolific, scoring 18 times to help Spurs into the Premier League’s top four, but the goals have dried up this season, with only six in 29 games. Adebayor has another three years left on the contract signed less than a year ago.

Levy is now said to back Villas-Boas’ plan to offload Adebayor and sign two new strikers but Adebayor will not leave for a club unable to pay his £100,000 per week salary, limiting Spurs’ chances of finding a suitor. The Mirror says the club are contacting sides in the United States, Russia, China and United Arab Emirates in the hope of finding a buyer.

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