Report: Aston Villa to recruit Emmanuel Adebayor on a one-year loan

The Tottenham striker may spend the last year of his contract on loan at Villa Park in an attempt to get him off the wage bill.

Tottenham may be willing to let struggling striker Emmanuel Adebayor leave White Hart Lane to sign for Aston Villa on loan this summer, effectively ending his career at the club considering his contract expires next season, according to a report in the Mail.

Adebayor has been linked with a move to Villa over the last couple of weeks, as Tim Sherwood faces the prospect of star striker Christian Benteke departing the club, though many of these reports have focused on the predictable financial problems of such a move.

The Togo star is on a £100,000 a week deal at White Hart Lane, way beyond Villa's wage structure, with a transfer fee of £5 million also being an issue according to the Birmingham Mail.

Discussions between the two clubs week have centred on the best method to get past these problems, with the player unlikely to settle for a significantly lower contract, with proposals that Spurs pay a percentage of Adebayor's wage for the remainder of the contract said to be just one of the suggestions.

The Mail are reporting that an alternative to that would be Adebayor joining on a season-long loan, with Spurs supremo Daniel Levy happy to write off the potential transfer fee if Villa pay the vast majority of the player's wages.

That would leave Villa and the player with the opportunity to sign a permanent deal next summer if the loan move works out.

With Spurs focused purely on getting their highest earner off the books, if Villa were to accept the burden of the 31-year-old's wages for his final year, that would in itself save the Londoners over £5 million. 

Despite the way in which he to be exiting White Hart Lane, Sherwood has proven his ability to coax the best form out of a player who can be one of the best forwards in the league when he's in the right frame of mind, and the possibility of getting such a player on loan may be the best resolution for all parties.

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