Turkish Super Lig outfit Besiktas have revealed Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor as a transfer target this summer.
"We are definitely interested in him, Adebayor, and have made an offer," stated Besiktas board member Ahmet Kavalci.
"Adebayor currently wants more than what we were hoping, talks are on-going, however we hope to complete the transfer as soon as possible."
The former Arsenal and Manchester City frontman has not been at his best for Spurs this season. After a decent campaign on loan in 2011/12, the Togo international managed just 5 goals in the Premier League this term. His horror penalty miss in the Europa League made him even less popular with the fans and it seems Besiktas are prepared to offer him a route out of White Hart Lane.
That is, of course, if Spurs are open to letting him go – it’s hard to see a reason for Andre Villas-Boas to keep him considering he is a high earner he’s obviously past his best.
He hasn’t ever really been the kind of 20-goals-a-season striker Tottenham really require – the only season he ever reach that kind of tally was in 2007/08 at North London rivals Arsenal. He did, however manage 17 for Tottenham on loan the previous term but since he made his switch to White Hart Lane permanent his form seems to have evaporated.
Villas-Boas will definitely be reinforcing his options up front this summer – reports linking Spurs with David Villa amongst others shows there is a real ambition to improve on this term.
If a top quality forward comes in and the club keep main man Jermain Defoe, it’s hard to see where Adebayor is going to get a game and he’s earned a reputation of being a little difficult when he’s not the first-choice. He’s not the kind of character that is going to sit on the bench and wait for his chance to prove himself.
If Besiktas are interested Tottenham would do well to offload him – if they sell him, they’ll get a little bit more cash in Villas-Boas’ pocket which he can use to reinvest in a better option and getting his name and wages off the books would make space for a new signing to come in and start afresh.
There’s no doubt he’s a decent striker but Tottenham are better than a decent club and as such should really be setting their sights a little higher than a 29-year-ld who hasn’t really enjoyed peak form in the last five years.
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