Gold explains why West Ham decided against late move for Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

David Gold has admitted that Slaven Bilic decided against a move for Emmanuel Adebayor.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has told talkSPORT that manager Slaven Bilic decided against a move for Emmanuel Adebayor on deadline day.

The Hammers did complete four deals on the final day of the transfer window, bringing in midfielder Alex Song, wingers Michail Antonio and Victor Moses, as well as striker Nikica Jelavic.

As the busiest Premier League side on deadline day, West Ham's squad now looks to be strong - but there were still rumours over a move for Adebayor.

The Tottenham outcast, 31, hasn't even been given a squad number by manager Mauricio Pochettino this season, with Spurs desperate to get the Togolese forward off their books.

Sky Sports reported that West Ham had held talks with Adebayor over a move to Upton Park, but no deal materialised in the final hours of the transfer window - and he now stays at Tottenham in a nightmare situation for Spurs and Pochettino.

Now, with the dust settling on a manic deadline day, West Ham co-chairman David Gold has told talkSPORT that Hammers boss Bilic wasn't too keen on a move for Adebayor in the end, given that he knows Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate will be back soon - and because he was signing Jelavic.

"I think it was more an enquiry," said Gold. "Slaven showed interest, we showed a bit of interest, and then it sort of all went quiet, and Slaven obviously decided against it."

"[Adebayor] is a very expensive player. I think he just weighed it up, and felt that with Andy coming back, Valencia coming back, Zarate coming back and of course, he was confident that we would bring in Jelavic," he added.

Adebayor's future remains up in the air, whilst Bilic has managed to land a player he is very familiar with in Jelavic, having worked with the former Hull man during their time together with the Croatian national team - and that may be ideal for him, rather than signing the divisive Adebayor.

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