Manchester City striker to come to White Hart Lane in January.
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Emmanuel Adebayor has been told he is allowed to leave Manchester City in January – meaning Tottenham’s search for a striker is set to end with the signing of another ex-Arsenal player.
City manager Roberto Mancini has told him he must up his game to get the best possible price in January, but the Eastlands club are unlikely to recoup the £25m they paid the Gunners for him just over a year ago.
“All of our players must think about their job,” said the Manchester City boss.
“When they play, they must play well, and when they train, they must train hard. At this moment [outside the transfer window] there is no chance for any player to leave this club. This situation can change in January.”
When pressed about Adebayor though, Mancini finally revealed the player could leave the club in just over a month.
“No player is happy when he doesn’t play, but we can only play with 11 players in any game.
“This player [Adebayor] must concentrate on the games between now and January. I think all players will play at some stage, then we will see what happens.”
Tottenham have long been looking for a forward capable of playing up front on their own.
“A team with a lone striker and numbers in central midfield is better placed to control games and hit the opposition on the break, particularly away from home,” said Harry Redknapp in the summer, believing that his forwards generally suit playing with a partner rather than alone.
Adebayor has played a number of games at the peak of a 4-5-1 formation, and has scored goals in the UEFA Champions League in the role.
Furthermore in signing William Gallas, Spurs have proven that they are not averse to signing ex-Arsenal players…
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