Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been trying to push Emmanuel Adebayor towards Aston Villa.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been attempting to persuade Emmanuel Adebayor that Aston Villa can match his footballing ambitions, report The Mail.
Adebayor has been strongly linked with a transfer to Villa, with the BBC reporting the club are still keen despite the club and player being unable to strike and agreement.
The striker is not part of Tottenham's plans this season, despite Mauricio Pcohettino naming him vice captain in 2014/15, and he has not even been assigned a squad number.
Villa ended last season in 17th place, and Adebayor is reportedly worried about facing a survival battle.
The Mail write: "Daniel Levy turned on the charm in telling Emmanuel Adebayor that Aston Villa were going places to convince him to leave White Hart Lane.
"Adebayor, who loves nothing more than to wind up staff at Tottenham by reporting for training in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, told Levy he doesn’t want to leave and be involved in a relegation battle."
Spurs fans keen to see the back of him may hope that Villa's opening day win away at Bournemouth could go some way to allaying Adebayor's fears.
There is still time for a deal to be revived and many clubs would have walked away by now, but if Spurs and Villa can do a deal it's easy to imagine Spurs chairman Levy punching the air in delight the moment the papers are signed to get the high earner off the club's wage bill.