Surely the most amazing Manchester United transfer story of the whole weekend?

The claim Manchester United were offered Emmanuel Adebayor by Tottenham is at best outrageous and at worst hilarious.

If you missed Sunday morning's edition of the Telegraph, then one of the most bizarre transfer revelations about the summer window could have passed you by.

The theme of the piece was how serious United were about signing Gareth Bale, and how Tottenham didn't dismiss it out of hand, happy to cash into the highest bidder if the Red Devils had offered as much as or higher than Real Madrid.

But here's the piece which really stood out - Spurs trying to lump Emmanuel Adebayor into the deal...

"Any move would also play badly with the club’s (Tottenham's) supporters and chairman Daniel Levy was acutely aware of the sensitivities around selling Bale, especially after both Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov had joined United in recent seasons.

"Nevertheless, during informal talks which began directly after Spurs’ opening league game of the season away against Crystal Palace on Aug 18, there was a suggestion that United might be persuaded to take Adebayor to Old Trafford if it meant they could sign Bale."

If there was a deal killer - that was it. 

Spurs were desperate to rid themselves of the Togolese striker, who has disappointed consistently since signing on a permanent deal.

They were effectively saying to United they could have a two-for-one deal, giving Adebayor away on a free.

The reason is clear, not only are his wages around £100,000 a week, but a clause in his contract states that if the striker is still at Spurs on February 1, he will be entitled to £1.4 million.

The idea United would sign the striker who under-performed for rivals Manchester City, and also proved inconsistent with Tottenham, especially when they do not need any more forwards was definitely a long shot.

But perhaps it tells us a bit about how Tottenham viewed United in the summer. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is often referred to as the toughest negotiator in football, while United CEO Ed Woodward is described as a novice at best, illustrated by a poor summer window, his first for the club.

In the end it was all a bit of a moot point, because Bale did not want United, he wanted his dream move to Spain and Real Madrid instead - and it's paying off for him, scoring a hat-trick at the weekend.

Tottenham and Emmanuel Adebayor by contrast, seem stuck with each other.

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