Turkish outfit Besiktas are courting Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor, according to The Sun.
Adebayor may find himself an unwanted man at White Hart Lane next season, with the North London club set to confirm a £26million deal for Spanish striker Roberto Soldado of Valencia.
If the deal progresses as expected, Adebayor is likely to fall down the pecking order at Spurs.
The Togo international would be tempted to look elsewhere for first-team action, and Turkish club Besiktas are said to be close to signing the 29-year-old, having chased the striker for most of the transfer window.
However, Besiktas, who have confirmed their interest in Adebayor, face a ban from the 2013/14 Europa League which they qualified for having finished third in the Super Lig, after accusations of match-fixing.
The Turkish team see this as a possible deterrent for Adebayor to leave North London, as they feel the temptation of European football is vital in securing the striker's services.
The alleged involvement in match-fixing has indeed been denied by Besiktas, and the club are confident of the decision being overturned after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is scheduled to make a conclusion by the end of August.
Besiktas president, Fikret Orman, is quoted as saying by the paper: "The deal breaker for Adebayor was whether we would play in Europe this season, as soon as we are cleared I will travel to London and complete the deal."
Besiktas manager, Slaven Bilic has reportedly been chasing the Togolese for some time, though the 29-year-old only scored five Premier League goals in 25 appearances last term.
The financial capabilities of the Turkish team will largely depend on the future of Portuguese international Hugo Almeida, whose departure would free up a large portion of the club's budget, allowing them to sign Adebayor who still has two-years left on his current contract with Spurs.
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