Liverpool face Spurs striker fight after instructions to sign £12.5m star

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Liverpool reportedly face competition from Spurs in the race to sign African striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese international is heavily linked with a move away from Manchester City after Roberto Mancini revealed that a fee for Edin Dzeko has been agreed, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to have already made an enquiry for the player.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also thought to be in the market for a striker, and Sportsvibe reports that the White Hart Lane outfit will now challenge Liverpool for the player's signature.

Reports in The Sun yesterday claimed the Citizens will accept a fee in the region of £12.5 million for the player, although the player's £160,000 wages could prove to be a major stumbling block for any club that takes the former Arsenal striker.

Liverpool are thought to be the preferred option for Roberto Mancini, with the City boss recognising that Spurs are legitimate title rivals in the Barclays Premier League this season.

The Reds are thought to be more interested in a loan deal for the player though, and would have to meet 100% of the player's wages for the remainder of the season should Liverpool want to bring the player to Anfield.

Tottenham Hotspur would be keen to sign the player permanently, with Adebayor's Champions League availability thought to be a key reason behind Redknapp's pursuit of the player.

Spurs are also thought to be parting ways with Robbie Keane in an effort to alleviate funds at the Lane, and if the Irish striker does leave then Tottenham could make their move for the player.

Both clubs are thought to have money to spend, with the Liverpool boss handed a sizable transfer war chest from new owners NESV after their arrival in the summer.

Gervinho, Mario Gomez and Carlton Cole have also been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks, but Adebayor now appears to be the top striker target for Liverpool as Hodgson searches for an attacking foil for Fernando Torres.

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