Tottenham evening round-up, Adebayor likely to stay, midfielder on weekend's game

Emmanuel Adebayor

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Tottenham Hotspur this Friday evening.

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is unlikely to leave the club in January according to the London Evening Standard.

Adebayor has been linked with a move away during this window, with Parma and Roma both linked with the 30-year-old this week, but the Standard reports that the forward has little desire to leave London, as he and his family are settled in the capital despite attracting interest from Qatar.

There is a desire, however, to sell the striker rather than let him leave at the end of next season on a free transfer when his contract expires.

Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino has said the club didn't move for Jermain Defoe because they have 'three great strikers' at the club already.

Pochettino currently has Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado at his disposal along with Adebayor, with Defoe having signed for this weekend's opponents Sunderland after training with the Tottenham development squad recently.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: “He showed his quality when he was here and he did the same at Toronto, but we have three great strikers and we are confident in our players."

Benjamin Stambouli has been talking to the Tottenham website ahead of this weekend's game and he's been reflecting on his debut against the Black Cats in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, and says the side is in good spirits despite last week's defeat to Palace in the league. 

He said: "I remember that physically it was a tough game when I made my debut at Sunderland and I was surprised by the rhythm of the game – it was a big change from football in France.

“At the moment we have good morale and we feel we can beat anyone. We saw that against Chelsea.

“As long as everyone is on their game we can beat anyone.”

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