Etihad Stadium side to make attractive offer for White Hart Lane wide-man.
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Duo to be used as Bale bait
Man City are poised to step up their interest in Gareth Bale with Emmanuel Adebayor and Adam Johnson potential bargaining chips.
Spurs are still negotiating with both Adebayor and the Premier League champions about brokering a permanent £10m stay for the player, who is understood to now be willing to take a drop on his reported £170,000 a week wages.
But City, having seen Eden Hazard choose Chelsea, have also been keeping close tabs on winger Bale, and are aware Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is a huge admirer of £20m-rated Adam Johnson.
Spurs have previously made it clear they are in no mood to part with their £40m rated Welsh raider, but City could now seriously test their resolve with Adebayor and Johnson, plus a major cash adjustment.
Johnson, who only signed a new five-year deal back in January on a reported £70,000 a week, has become frustrated by a lack of regular starts at the Etihad Stadium.
Whilst Tottenham may well have no interest in selling Gareth Bale this summer if the Welsh winger does look to move on to a club who can offer him Champions League football and the chance to challenge for major honours then the North London side may not get a better deal than this one.
Harry Redknapp clearly knows what Emmanuel Adebayor is capable of, the Togo international was Tottenham’s most effective attacking weapon last term, notching up 18 goals and 12 assists in all competitions and a move to White Hart Lane would surely interest the big forward.
The inclusion of Adam Johnson into the bargain would helpfully add another wide option, although admittedly he does ply his trade more on the right than the left the former Middlesbrough man has been known to work on both flanks. The 24 year old has been criminally underused since his move to Man City, making just ten Premier League starts last term.
That lack of first team football cost him a spot in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad and that blow may well be the wake-up call Adam Johnson needs in order to move on.
This source values the Man City pair at £30m and states that Mancini would offer a cash sum on top of the two proven talents and that’s a bid that would surely lead Messrs Daniel Levy and Redknapp to consider their options though they would surely not think about selling Gareth Bale unless he made it clear he wished to move on.