Slaven Bilic spoke to Adebayor for an hour over West Ham move

Emmanuel Adebayor

The West Ham head coach spoke to the Tottenham Hotspur striker about a switch but has revealed why the move didn't happen.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic says the club were never in official negotiations to sign Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor, according to London 24.

But the Croatian did speak with the Togolese striker for a full hour about the possibility of a move.

It never materialised, with Bilic stating that Adebayor's contract situation at White Hart Lane was the reason behind that failure. The Irons boss definitely wanted to bring the 31-year-old to east London, however.

The West Ham head coach is quoted as telling reporters: "He didn’t sign, we just had a talk. It was not negotiations, because of the situation. I wanted to talk to him.

"We spoke for one hour and the possibility of him coming but in the end it didn’t happen because of the contract situation with Spurs."

Better off with Jelavic

As the majority of West Ham and Tottenham supporters seem to agree, the Hammers may just be better off without the Togolese forward.

Boss Bilic is happy to have a man in Nikica Jelavic he has worked with before, with the Croatian having moved to Upton Park on Deadline Day.

Adebayor, meanwhile, would bring a number of issues. Even if the Tottenham man gave his all for West Ham, how long would it take the 31-year-old simply to get his match fitness back up to speed? A lucky escape for Bilic's men...

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