Besiktas close to signing Tottenham’s Adebayor

Turkish club Besiktas have claimed that they are optimistic of signing Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor, the Metro is reporting, with Slaven Bilic’s side having chased the Togolese striker throughout the summer without striking a deal.

Whether the deal, thought to be £4m, will go through is based on Besiktas’ participation in Europe next season, as despite finishing third in the Turkish Superlig in 2012/13, they were refused entry by UEFA due to match-fixing allegations. However, Besiktas are hoping to see the ruling overturned.

Besiktas president Fikret Orman is remaining confident on Adebayor. He said: “We are interested in Adebayor, and the transfer could still go ahead. The deal breaker for Adebayor was whether we would play in Europe this season, as soon as we are cleared I will travel to London and complete the deal.

Adebayor, who showed patchy form last season as he scored nine goals in 34 appearances, has reportedly told Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas that he is looking to join Besiktas, with the newspaper adding that the club would not stand in his way, should he decide to go.

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