Former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchison revealed on the SportsHUB: Transfer Deadline Live show on BT Sport Europe on Tuesday evening that he had advised West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic against signing Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham Hotspur.
According to BBC Sport, Aston Villa wanted to sign the 31-year-old on a loan deal during the summer transfer window, with West Ham also reported to be keen on securing his services.
Hutchison, a former West Ham player himself, has suggested that bringing in the Togolese forward would have been disruptive in the Hammers’ dressing room.
“I mentioned it to Slaven and I was trying to put him off Adebayor,” said Hutchison on the SportsHUB: Transfer Deadline Live show on BT Sport Europe on Tuesday evening.
“I have got nothing against the lad, but I think West Ham have got a great dressing room at the moment.
“There is a terrific team spirit around that place and I am not sure he goes in there and does well, so I was trying to tell Slav to stay away from that one.”
Adebayor still has one year remaining on his current contract at Tottenham, but it looks unlikely that he will play for the North London outfit again.
According to BBC Sport, Adebayor earns £5 million a year at Tottenham.