Adebayor still on Tottenham's radar
Published 23:01 13/06/11 By Darren Lewis
Tottenham could yet move in again for Emmanuel Adebayor as Real Madrid are refusing to meet Manchester City's £14million asking price.
The Spanish giants have decided against taking up an option that allows them to snap up the marksman at the end of his loan spell from City.
They have offered only £8m, but City want nearly double that for 27-year-old Adebayor, who hit eight goals in 22 games last season.
Spurs have long held an interest in Adebayor, but boss Harry Redknapp has gone on record as citing City's refusal to sell to a top-four rival as a stumbling block.
Adebayor will also have to take a pay cut on his £170,000-a-week wages to interest Tottenham and other Premier League clubs.
The player himself has told friends that he would not be averse to joining Spurs, despite having played for their arch-rivals Arsenal.
And as they are in the Champions League group stages, City could yet relax their stance on a player they are keen to sever ties with.
By contrast, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is an Adebayor admirer; Redknapp is also convinced the big frontman could add a touch of class to his frontline.
The player had harboured lingering hopes that Real would keep him, but boss Jose Mourinho is a huge admirer of £40m Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.
And midfielder Mesut Ozil last night claimed the decks are being cleared for the man who hit 27 goals in 41 appearances for Atletico last season to move across Madrid to the Bernabeu.
Ozil said: "Madrid have reserved the number 10 shirt for Aguero."