Report: Levy failed in attempt to ship off Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor to Marseille

Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur tried to offload Emmanuel Adebayor, reports claim.

Tottenham Hotspur owner Daniel Levy failed in his attempt to offload striker Emmanuel Adebayor to Marseille on Monday ahead of the French transfer deadline, La Provence report.

According to the French editorial, the Togo striker was offered to Marseille but the Ligue 1 club turned the move down due to a lack of practicality over the proposed deal.

Adebayor joined Spurs from Manchester City in 2011 and enjoyed initial success at the club, scoring 17 Premier League goals in his debut campaign at White Hart Lane.

However, other than a brief burst of form under former boss Tim Sherwood, the former Arsenal man has spent most of his time on the sidelines and linked with a move away from the club.

Aston Villa have been heavily linked with a move for the striker and were said to be pushing for a loan deal on deadline day after a proposed switch to West Ham United failed, according to the Telegraph.

However, Villa have seemingly been unable to get a deal done, although it remains to be seen whether Spurs really wanted to see the striker leave to a fellow Premier League rival.

If the reports in La provence are correct, it suggests that Levy would prefer the 31-year-old to move abroad and sounded out Marseille as a realistic option due to their shortage of strikers and big-club status.

But with Marseille turning it down, it left the whole saga up in the air and somewhat confusing, with a separate update in the Telegraph stating that Adebayor has rejected an offer to cancel his contract.

The striker has one year remaining on his £100,000-a-week deal, and is said to be unwilling to walk away without receiving a package which entitles him to a full pay off.

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