Tottenham expects to complete a 5 million pounds deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City in the next 48 hours, Goal.com has learned.
Negotiations had stalled over Adebayor’s 170,000 pounds-a-week wage demands but Spurs believe they have made a breakthrough and are increasingly confident of concluding the move.
The Londoners will pay Adebayor a 5m pounds signing-on fee and have been asking City to subsidise the Togo international striker’s wages, with the Premier League champion desperate to offload the former Arsenal man to free up wages and space in its squad.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has held talks with Adebayor’s representatives in the United States and believes a deal is finally close to completion following the 28-year-old’s season-long loan at White Hart Lane.
Andre Villas-Boas, the Tottenham manager, has been pushing club bosses to clinch the deal as he looks to improve his strikeforce by signing two forwards this summer, with Jermain Defoe the only senior striker currently in the Spurs squad.
Adebayor returned to training at City’s Carrington training ground earlier this month before taking a break as he waited for his move to Spurs, having turned down the prospect of a move to Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.
City is ready to accept a huge financial hit to offload Adebayor so they can make a 15m pounds move for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.
City boss Roberto Mancini has made the Dutch striker his top summer target and has barely concealed his frustration with football administrator Brian Marwood over the club’s slow progress in adding new players this summer.
But Marwood first needs to sell Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz, who between them are costing the club 280,000 pounds-a-week in wages.
Adebayor played a key role for Spurs on loan last season under Harry Redknapp, scoring 17 Premier League goals and providing 11 assists in 33 appearances.
The forward, a 25m pounds signing from Arsenal in the summer of 2009, has been frozen out at City since lining up against Red Bull Salzburg in a Europa League tie in December 2010.
He has made just 45 appearances for the club in all competitions and spent the second half of the 2010-11 season on loan at Real Madrid before his year at Spurs.
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