Harry Redknapp has called on Emmanuel Adebayor to take a pay cut next season and stay with Tottenham Hotspur.
Adebayor is currently contracted to Manchester City, but spent the latter part of last season on loan at Real Madrid and has so far impressed during his time at White Hart Lane since joining at the start of the season.
The Togo international has scored three goals for Spurs so far this season, and starred in the north London derby against Arsenal. Redknapp hopes that he will put the club first and decide to stay for the long term.
"If Emmanuel maintains his current form I would love to keep him,” Redknapp said.
"But his wages are going to be a major stumbling block, that’s for sure.
"I have no idea how much we are paying towards his wages at the moment as the chairman [Daniel Levy] deals with those issues but I suspect they are massively subsidised by City.
"The only way we can realistically get a deal done is if Emmanuel is prepared to take a substantial pay-cut and put his football before money."
Adebayor moved to Manchester City from Arsenal in 2009 for a reported fee of £25 million. While he scored 15 goals in 34 appearances for the club, with their spending increasing in recent years, competition for game time became too much for the 27-year-old, resulting in the move to Madrid.
Adebayor recently said he loved the Tottenham fans, and felt that they were coming around to his charms, despite his past at Arsenal.
“I knew the fans already love me because that is what they are looking for – players to score goals,” he recently said.
“Hopefully I will keep the hard work going.”
The star will be hoping to keep his good form going when Tottenham take on Newcastle this weekend, with the club hoping to cement a place in the top four.