Report: Emmanuel Adebayor rejects Crystal Palace move in favour of Sherwood reunion

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has reportedly snubbed a move to Crystal Palace.

According to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has snubbed a move to Crystal Palace in order to join Aston Villa.

Adebayor, 31, was a bit-part player for Spurs last season, and with no future under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, the Togolese hitman is set to leave the club.

The Telegraph report that Adebayor has undergone a medical with Aston Villa ahead of a reunion with his former boss Tim Sherwood, but they seemingly weren't the only club chasing his signature.

A report from The Mirror suggests that Crystal Palace made a late move to hijack Adebayor's switch to Villa Park, but the striker wants to work under Sherwood again having forged a fruitful relationship during their time together at Tottenham in 2014.

Adebayor will arrive at Villa Park as a replacement for Christian Benteke, who was sold to Liverpool last week, and will be expected to contribute heavily in front of goal alongside new signing Jordan Ayew.

How much of a blow is this to Palace?

Having landed Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain already this summer, it's clear that Eagles boss Alan Pardew has ambitious plans for the Selhurst Park club.

Adebayor would have provided Pardew with a proven Premier League goalscorer, and with a supply line of Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha, Adebayor certainly could have thrived at Palace.

A striker is certainly needed at Palace even after the loan signing of Chelsea's Patrick Bamford, and with a track record of goals in English football, it's no surprise that they targeted Adebayor - but now they must go back to the drawing board in what is a minor blow for Pardew and Palace.

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