Tottenham bid to get rid of Adebayor could be scuppered by ex-Portsmouth striker

Besiktas are now said to prefer John Utaka to Emmanuel Adebayor this summer.

Rumour has it that this summer Tottenham Hotspur are looking to make money off some big name player sales - with one big name recently dominating the headlines.

It is said that Andre Villas-Boas may see striker Emmanuel Adebayor as expendable after a patchy campaign last term.

With the Togolese on massive wages on top of the suggested influx of cash Spurs could prove to earn by selling the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid star selling him would free up a large part of the clubs financial resources for new arrivals.

Adebayor had flashes of brilliance last campaign but overall his record of eight goals from 32 appearances is not enough to warrant him a reprieve.

But the difficulty so far has been finding a buyer for the 29-year-old.

Luckily it seemed that Turkish outfit Besiktas were ready to splash the cash to bring in a big name star like Adebayor to the club and to push for a title tilt next season.

However that deal was thrown into disarray earlier in the week. It was revealed that Besiktas will have genuine trouble meeting his wage demands after being thrown out of UEFA competitions for match-fixing severely dented their budget for the season.

And the final nail in the coffin could be in the form of a former Portsmouth player.

Nigerian international John Utaka played for now League Two side Pompey during their short-lived heyday for four years before joining Montpellier in 2011; and winning the Ligue 1 title with the club in his first season at the club.

But the forward was not offered a contract extension at the end of the French season and now the 31-year-old is a free agent.

And according to reports he has now overtaken Adebayor on Besiktas’ wish-list. 

The fact he is available for nothing, and his annual salary of a reported €1.2 million being much lower than that of the Spurs front-man has reportedly convinced Besiktas to abandon their Adebayor approach and instead focus on bringing Utaka into the team.

Which leaves Spurs back at the drawing board if they are indeed trying to sell Emmanuel Adebayor.

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