Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he is concerned Emmanuel Adebayor’s wage demands might scupper a permanent move for the Togolese forward – and wants Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to do ‘clever deal’ in order to retain his services.
Adebayor scored his 17th goal of the season for Spurs in the 2-0 win over Fulham at White Hart Lane having joined the Lilywhites on loan from Manchester City in the summer.
However his wage packet, rumoured to be around £170,000-per-week, would blow Tottenham’s wage structure out of the water, and Redknapp admits that it will take something special in order to get the deal done.
“He was only a loan and his loan is up," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "It is up to the chairman if we could loan him again. I would like to keep him, obviously. He has done great for us.
"But I don't know. We don't pay those wages - the only way we could do a deal was if the chairman did a clever deal like he did this year for him."
Manchester City’s surplus of strikers means there is unlikely to be any room for Adebayor at the Etihad Stadium next season, something Redknapp acknowledges.
“They don't want him. They don't want to see him ever again, if we are being honest," he commented. "They want him out of the way and that is why they let him go."
City look set to move on a host of strikers this summer while they have also been linked with numerous replacement forwards such as Gonzalo Higuiain and Hulk.
Spurs meanwhile appear to be making plans already should a deal for Adebayor fail to be agreed, with Marseille’s Loic Remy reportedly due at the north London club’s training ground to discuss terms on a £16 million deal this week.