Spurs ready to pull out of striker deal

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Tottenham are said to be struggling to come to an agreement that will keep Emmanuel Adebayor at the club, with wages proving to be a stumbling block according to Setanta Sports.


Adebayor has impressed since joining Spurs on loan at the start of the season, and is currently the only player in the Premier League to reach double figures for both goals and assists.


The terms of his current loan deal at White Hart Lane are believed to stipulate that parent club Manchester City pay around £100,000 of his £170,000 wages with Tottenham contributing the rest.


However Tottenham’s current wage structure means the Togolese forward will have to take a huge pay cut if he wants to stay at White Hart Lane beyond the end of the season, something that is believed to be a sticking point as talks continue.


Setanta Sports report that the north London club are willing to break their rigid wage structure and offer Adebayor £100,000-per-week to stay at the club along with a £4 million signing on fee.


However that is said to not be enough to convince Adebayor to sign on the dotted line, with Spurs now said to be looking elsewhere for a leading striker for next season.


The former Arsenal man hinted earlier this season that he would not be willing to lower his wage demands to drastically in order to facilitate a switch to Spurs, saying that is commitments to charities in Africa means he needs to maximize his earnings while he can.


"We all play football to gain money," Adebayor said in November. "I am from Africa and I have to give something back to my community. I have been doing a lot of charity stuff.


"I am using my wages to do it and I will keep doing it until the end of my career so for me I will leave that (negotiations) to Harry Redknapp, chairman (Daniel) Levy, and (City chairman) Khaldoon (Al Mubarak) to find a solution between themselves."


Loic Remy has been a long-term target of manager Harry Redknapp and Spurs reportedly had an £18 million offer for the Marseille forward turned down during the January transfer window.


Redkanpp has also previously declared his admiration for Villarrael striker Guiseppe Rossi and will likely be interested in securing the former Manchester United striker after reports suggested last week that he was destined to leave the La Liga club this summer.

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