Report: West Ham United plan fresh bid for Tottenham Hotspur outcast

Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor almost joined West Ham United in January.

West Ham United are reportedly planning a fresh bid for Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor this summer, the Mirror report.

The Hammers were close to bringing in the Togo international striker during the January transfer window, but the move was eventually blocked by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

It was a blow to Sam Allardyce and his men as without the injured Andy Carroll, the East Londoners have struggled for goals and hopes of a possible top-seven finish have now all-but evaporated.

For Adebayor, his frustrations are evident as the 31-year-old finds himself out of the first-team picture at White Hart Lane - his last Premier League start coming in November.

With reported high wages and a deal running until 2016, Spurs could be interested in offloading the striker permanently this summer but West Ham, in contrast, are said to be interested in a long-term loan deal.

“West Ham are planning a fresh attempt to sign Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor this summer - and their slide down the table has boosted their chances. Adebayor’s Spurs contract expires in 2016 and it is most likely West Ham will try to sign him on loan ahead of next season,” the Mirror report claims.

Would Emmanuel Adebayor be a good signing for the Hammers?

Adebayor, despite his frustrating style of play and presumed laziness off the ball, has plenty of qualities still to offer, not least his finishing ability.

If one man has a track record of getting the best out of players not wanted elsewhere it is Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, though his future in East London is still rather unclear.

The former Arsenal forward is said to be keen on remaining in London, but the general consensus suggests it is a case of last chance saloon in terms of finding a Premier League club interested in his services.

A possible deal seems reasonable for both parties, but the striker’s wages could ultimately cause a stumbling block. If they are anywhere near the reported £100,000-a-week mark, West Ham will need assurances that he’s still up for the challenge even if they can get him on a reduced salary.

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