It took about one month longer than originally expected, but Emmanuel Adebayor has finally made the move to Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs announced via the team's official website early Tuesday afternoon ET that they have completed the transfer of Adebayor from Manchester City. The Togo front man spent all of the 2011-12 Premier League season with Tottenham on loan, and he scored 18 goals in 37 appearances with the team, his final tally coming just a couple of minutes into Tottenham's Survival Sunday match against Fulham.
It was first reported last month that Spurs had completed a £5m deal with City for Adebayor. Rumors than surfaced that the move had hit a snag due to issues regarding the 28-year old striker's wages. Sky Sports News reiterated such a claim earlier on Tuesday morning ET, but a SSN television report that aired at about 1:00 pm ET claimed that the problem was between Adebayor and City. Both BBC and ESPN Soccernet have since reported that City have agreed on a payoff that allowed Adebayor to make his desired move to White Hart Lane, and BBC is claiming a £5m price-tag for the striker.
Adebayor took to Twitter almost immediately after Spurs made the official announcement via the team's website. Ade had the following message for the Tottenham faithful: "I'm back!!!! Tottenham here I come!! I'm hungry for goals...Get ready." He had the following comments for the Tottenham website story: "I am pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis after finally agreeing my departure with Manchester City. It may have taken longer than expected but I am delighted to be back at Tottenham Hotspur. I really enjoyed my time here last season and I am hoping we can achieve great things together again."
Spurs manager Andre-Villas Boas and chairman Daniel Levy were reportedly eager to acquire a front man as soon as possible following the team's 2-1 loss at Newcastle United to open the 2012-13 Premier League campaign. Jermain Defoe was, up until Tuesday's Ade announcement, Tottenham's lone senior striker. Defoe scored the only goal for Spurs at Newcastle this past Saturday, and he has been praised by AVB multiple times over the past couple of weeks. It is not know if he will feature in Tottenham's starting eleven, however, now that Adebayor has put pen to paper.
August 21 could prove to be a busy and significant day for Spurs. The team announced earlier in the day that defender Sebastien Bassong had joined Norwich City. Rumors also continue to swirl regarding the future of fan-favorite defender Michael Dawson. QPR are heavily interested in signing the 28-year old Dawson, and a Goal.com report has indicated that they may offer £10m for the CB. That fee exceeds the £5.5m and £7m figures that had been mentioned in other reports. The Independent is claiming that the offer "ranged from £5.5million all the way up to £10million," hinting there are likely clauses that will impact how much total cash Spurs will make on the transfer.
While the rumors regarding Dawson, midfielder Tom Huddlestone and other potential new players are likely to continue up until midnight on August 31, Spurs fans can be sure of one thing: We are likely to see this celebration again soon, perhaps as early as this weekend.
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