The Tottenham Hotspur striker toured the club’s training facilities last month ahead of a proposed move but later reports suggested that he was keen to remain in London instead after talks stalled [h/t Daily Mirror].
However, manager Tim Sherwood stressed at the time that a deal could still be revived and, with a switch to West Ham United since believed to have broken down, he now looks set to make one final attempt to sign the Togo international on loan until the end of the season.
Speaking to the Telegraph about his long-time target, Sherwood said: "I can only talk about him as a footballer and a friend, he's a good guy and a very good footballer. It's a shame he's not played on a regular basis more often. It depends on how the dominoes go.
"Ade has been used to training with the reserves, he's been doing that for a number of years since he's been at Tottenham which is a shame for someone with such a talent.
"The due diligence is done, I know the player and then it's up to me to get the best out of him if he was to come here. But he's a Tottenham player - well he's not, he's a Tottenham development player! Never rule it out, but don't rule it in either."
|Premier League||Team||Season||Goals||Assists||Goals MINS||Total Shots MINS||Shooting Accuracy||Scoring V Shooting Accuracy||Headers Won MINS||Header Success||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Christian Benteke||Aston Villa||2014-2015||13||2||183.08||29.75||36%||16%||9.96||54.81%||29||2,380|
Adebayor, 31, endured a torrid 2014-15 campaign at Tottenham, scoring only two goals in 17 appearances, while also seeing a potential mid-season loan move to West Ham break down.
Left out of the club’s pre-season activities, the former Arsenal man has not even been given a squad number this term and is now training with the development team as management attempts to offload his reported £100,000-per-week wages.
Nevertheless, with Sherwood still keen to add another striker to his squad as he looks to replace the departed Christian Benteke’s impact, Villa Park has long-been touted as his likeliest destination.
The Spurs misfit, whose contract expired next summer, netted 14 times in 24 games under his ex-manager’s stewardship over the second half of the 2013-14 season after being brought back into the fold following Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking, and a reunion at Villa could well be the best option for both sides.
Gabby Agbonlahor, Jordan Ayew and fellow summer signing Rudy Gestede have all struggled for form over the first few weeks of the season and, with the fit-again Libor Kozak limited to a bit-part role so far, a resurgent Scott Sinclair has been left to carry the goalscoring burden.
How much of Adebayor’s weekly-wage they would have to pay remains unclear but, with no transfer fee involved, the risks involved in getting the polarising front man in on loan seem few and far between.
While fans would likely prefer the club to make a deadline day bid for Charlie Austin, a move for the Queens Park Rangers hitman looks doubtful at this point, leaving Sherwood with few other last-minute options.
Given how he already shares a great relationship with Adebayor and has managed to revive his career once before, it might just end up proving a transfer that wins over the claret and blue faithful’s backing in due time.