Report: Crystal Palace open contract talks with Emmanuel Adebayor, interesting clause included

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Crystal Palace have reportedly offered a deal to Emmanuel Adebayor - but face competition from Watford.

According to The Guardian, Crystal Palace have offered a deal to former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor - but face competition from Watford.

Adebayor, 31, hit 96 Premier League goals across spells with Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, establishing himself as a prolific if somewhat controversial forward in English football.

Often criticised for his attitude and workrate, Adebayor was released by Tottenham back in September, having been told that he had no future under manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

Given that he was released outside of the transfer window, Adebayor has been unable to join another club until now, with the January transfer window now open - and a return to the Premier League could be on the cards for the Togolese striker.

The Guardian report that Adebayor is mulling over contract offers from Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Watford, both of whom are attractive to the forward as they are close to his North London home.

It's stated that Watford's offer is more lucrative, but given that Quique Sanchez Flores already has a deadly front two in Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney, there would be no guarantee of first-team football at Vicarage Road.

Meanwhile, Palace are in desperate need of a goalscorer, and manager Alan Pardew may be willing to gamble on Adebayor until the end of the season.

The report suggests that Palace have offered Adebayor a deal which is heavily incentivised, whilst it also includes an intriguing clause where, if Adebayor breaches any disciplinary rules at Selhurst Park, the contract is terminated, protecting Palace from any long-term commitment to the controversial hitman.

It's now up to Adebayor to decide what's next, but with two Premier League offers on the table, it seems that a return to the top flight could be on the cards.

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