Sunderland manager David Moyes
Sunderland manager David Moyes has told ESPN that he was offered the chance to sign striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a free transfer.
The Black Cats endured a miserable weekend, as having been 2-0 up at home to Crystal Palace, they ended up losing 3-2 with a last-gasp Christian Benteke goal.
The result means that Sunderland still have just one point to their name after six games this season, and David Moyes' men already look like they're setting up for a relegation battle this term.
Emmanuel Adebayor looks dejected after missing a chance to score for Crystal Palace
Moyes doesn't even have the transfer window to bring in new signings, and he's now limited to bringing in free agents if he wants to boost his squad.
He did just that earlier this month by signing Victor Anichebe on a free transfer, but it seems that another striker has been offered to the club.
Speaking to ESPN, Moyes revealed that Sunderland were offered the chance to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a free transfer – but the Scot claims that he chose not to follow it up, and doesn't expect the situation to change.
Emmanuel Adebayor in action for Tottenham
"We were offered Adebayor probably about four or five weeks ago," Moyes said. "I didn't do anything about it then and I don't expect to be doing anything about it just now unless something dramatically changes."
Adebayor, 32, is a free agent having left Crystal Palace at the end of last season, and would offer Sunderland a proven Premier League goalscorer having hit almost 100 top flight goals for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Palace.
The Togolese ace has been accused of a lack of effort over the years, but he even formed a partnership with current Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe during their time together at Tottenham – and it seems that fans are keen to see Adebayor sign.
Sunderland manager David Moyes before the match
Fans have taken to Twitter over the last few days to suggest that Adebayor would actually be a good signing for Sunderland, even with the baggage that he would bring.
Those fans know Adebayor's goalscoring record in the Premier League, and think he would offer more of a goal threat than Anichebe whilst taking some pressure off former team-mate Defoe.
Here are some of the reactions from Sunderland fans on Twitter after Moyes' comments on Adebayor...
For me, I'd have taken Adebayor over Anichebe. Adebayor is inconsistant and tempermental but will score more than Anichebe. #safc— Ian Safc (@IanSafc77) September 23, 2016
We've got limited options up front. I'd sign Adebayor personally. #SAFC— Lozzy (@L0ZZYL) September 23, 2016
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