Alan Pardew has claimed at his press conference today that he attempted to sign Emmanuel Adebayor while he was manager of West Ham United and Newcastle United.
Pardew finally managed to snap up the Togolese international earlier this week, with the experienced forward signing an six-month contract at Crystal Palace.
And Pardew claims that he has targeted Adebayor before, at his previous clubs, but with less success.
On Adebayor: "You cannot underestimate the quality he has, I've tried to sign him at West Ham and Newcastle. I'm pleased to have him."— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) January 28, 2016
Palace have signed Adebayor, following the former Real Madrid forward’s release from Tottenham.
The 31-year-old has been without a club since the end of last season, but Pardew believes he can improve Palace’s forward options.
The Eagles have failed to find a clinical finisher this season, with all of their strikers struggling for goals.
No Palace striker has scored from open play in the Premier League, and that has harmed their chances of climbing into the top six.
Adebayor could make his Palace debut this weekend, when Pardew’s side take on Stoke City in the FA Cup.