Liverpool and Tottenham are locked in a shock fight to keep Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor in the Premier League on a loan deal, according to the Mirror.

The Togolese forward is disillusioned with life on the fringes of the first team at Eastlands and wants to leave in January.

In fact, he is so desperate to move to a Champions League side that he is set to force a loan move to Tottenham next month.

The former Arsenal hitman has even asked Manchester City to pay half of his £120,000 per week wages until the end of the season while he is on loan at White Hart Lane.

However, City do not want their player at Spurs and would rather he moved to Juventus, who have stated their interest already, or Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has not been linked with Adebayor yet, despite a plethora of names being touted as possible Anfield targets, but the deal could work.

With one world class player expected to arrive on Merseyside in January, Liverpool will not have a lot of money to bring anyone else to the club.

And, with City willing to subsidise some of Adebayor’s wages, it may be a deal the club finds appealing enough to take Roberto Mancini up on.

He would be a cheaper option than the likes of Carlton Cole for Liverpool and, arguably, a better and more proven option too.

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