The North London club’s bid for PSG forward could pave the way for the Togo man to leave.
Emmanuel Adebayor's time at White Hart Lane could soon be drawing to a close after it was reported that Tottenham are lining up a bid for Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, who they see as his long-term replacement.
The Argentine is believed to have been earmarked as surplus to requirements by newly-installed manager Laurent Blanc, with Spurs currently heading the queue of clubs keen to enlist the services of the former Napoli forward.
Lavezzi’s arrival could set off a chain reaction of moves, with Emmanuel Adebayor believed to be among those desperate to depart North London. The Togo forward has failed to make a single first team appearance for the Lilywhites this term and was made to train with the Tottenham development squad last month after falling down the pecking order under manager Andre Villas Boas.
Despite this, goals continue to be a problem for Tottenham, who have averaged less than one a game over their last seven Premier League fixtures, with big-money signing Roberto Soldado yet to score from open play.
The situation is thought to have accelerated Spurs’ pursuit of reinforcements in the final third, with the sale of Adebayor likely to contribute to the financing of both a move for Lavezzi and any additional deals.
One potential destination for the out-of-favour African is Besiktas, with the Turkish giants long-time admirers of the 29-year-old, who previously came close to securing a move to the Super Lig over the summer, only for the deal to fall through at the last minute.
Adebayor is also likely to attract plenty of interest from the Premier League with any of the three newly-promoted sides likely to be willing to take the forward on loan until the end of the season while the likes of West Brommich Albion, Everton and West Ham United may be open to a more long-term solution.
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