Spurs poised for African striker talks - reports

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Tottenham Hotspur are looking to negotiate a deal for want-away Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor according to the Daily Mirror.

The 27-year-old former Togo international has been deemed surplus to requirements at Eastlands by manager Roberto Mancini, and as such was left at home for the club's pre-season tour of north America.

The Citizens are holding out for £14million for Adebayor, who returned to training yesterday, but would consider another loan deal for the player providing the prospective club agree to meet all of his £175,000-a-week wages.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp would love to bring Adebayor to White Hart Lane, but will struggle to find the money to sign him on a permanent deal without selling one of Tottenham's existing assets.


That leaves a season-long loan as the more realistic option for Spurs, but the club may also have a problem in covering his excessive wages and are reportedly prepared to pay only £75,000-a-week - leaving City to pick up the remaining £100,000-a-week.

Real Madrid, who took Adebayor on a six-month loan deal last season, are also said to be monitoring the situation, but like Tottenham are unwilling to meet either the asking price or his wage demands.

The last remaining option for Spurs would be to offer a loan fee and hope that City will be happy to see the back of Adebayor, rather than risk him being a disruptive influence around the first team next season.

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