Tony Cottee criticises reported Adebayor pursuit, offers Bilic two alternative solutions

Tony Cottee doesn't want former club West Ham to sign Emmanuel Adebayor.

Ex-West Ham striker Tony Cottee has told Kicca that his former club should avoid a move for Emmanuel Adebayor, and look to sign Charlie Austin or Jordan Rhodes instead.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has been dealt blow after blow in attack, as injuries to Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate have left him without any real options up front.

As a result, the London Evening Standard report that West Ham are closing in on a deal to sign Tottenham outcast Emmanuel Adebayor on a season-long deal.

The Togolese hitman, 31, is out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino, and appears to be heading out of White Hart Lane in order to join London rivals West Ham.

Whilst Adebayor has 96 Premier League goals to his name over spells with Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs, not everybody is a fan of his potential move to Upton Park. Former Hammers striker Tony Cottee has taken to Kicca to say he would rather Bilic targeted Charlie Austin or Jordan Rhodes instead.

"I’m not sure how the fans will take to Emmanuel Adebayor possibly joining West Ham," said Cottee. "He’s been a name linked with a move to the club this summer. Obviously you’ve got the Tottenham connection but for me he is a player that goes to a club, has a good six months then you don’t really get the full value of his contract."

"I’m not particularly a big fan of Adebayor, I’ve got to be honest. But having said that we need to strengthen the forward position. If we’ve looked at all the options and he is the only one left then we may have to go down that route but from my point of view I’d rather the club look at someone like Charlie Austin or Jordan Rhodes. A goalscorer who has got the desire to play in the Premier League," he added.

Austin hit 18 goals for QPR last season, whilst Rhodes has racked up 74 goals in his last three seasons with Blackburn Rovers, establishing himself as one of the most dangerous strikers in English football.

Both are younger than Adebayor, but would cost exponentially more to sign than the Spurs misfit - which is no doubt a factor for David Gold and David Sullivan, who have already sanctioned heavy spending this summer.

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