Matthew Etherington explains relief at Adebayor's failed Upton Park move

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Former Tottenham and West Ham winger Matthew Etherington believes the Hammers dodged a bullet with Emmanuel Adebayor.

West Ham United were linked with a host of players on deadline day, but the Hammers couldn't finalise any deals in the final hours of the transfer window.

Marseille's Doria, Tottenham's Younes Kaboul and Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis were all touted as potential targets by various media outlets, but manager Sam Allardyce ended the day empty handed from the final day trolley dash.

Another player linked with a move to East London was Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, only for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to pull the plug on the proposed loan deal.

The Togolese forward, 30, has played just 112 minutes of Premier League football since the beginning of November, and whilst the sensational performances of Harry Kane are a large part of that, Adebayor has become a divisive figure at White Hart Lane after criticising the club's own supporters.

A move to West Ham would have been a shock, and Matthew Etherington - who played for both Tottenham and West Ham - spoke exclusively with West Ham United blog Iron Views, suggesting that Adebayor would have been a poor signing for Allardyce's men.

"Adebayor was talked about...you know what you're going to get with Adebayor - he'll probably turn it on for a few months, then he'll go missing," said Etherington. "So, I think it was probably a good thing for West Ham that he didn't sign," he added.

With just two goals this season, Adebayor has struggled under Mauricio Pochettino, and the former Arsenal striker's time at White Hart Lane appears to be coming to an end; most likely this summer, but whether West Ham will still be pursuing Adebayor remains to be seen.

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