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Andre Villas-Boas To Pull Plug On Tottenham Move For Manchester City Striker Emmanuel Adebayor And Pursue His Own Striking Targets

by Dan Kilpatrick

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New Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas is set to pull the plug on negotiations for striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Manchester City front man spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane, impressing with 16 league goals and a number of assists.

Adebayor announced on twitter last month that Spurs were ‘working hard’ to make the deal permanent, with the forward’s £160,000 per week wage demands proving problematic for the thrifty north Londoners.

The club looked set to seal a permanent deal for the former Arsenal forward but it is now understood that Villas-Boas has instructed Spurs to end negotiations with the 28-year-old, who was a big favourite of his predecessor Harry Redknapp.

The Portuguese coach would prefer to bring in his own striking targets, which include Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao and Loic Remy.

Sturridge, who is currently being treated for suspected viral meningitis, is unhappy at Stamford Bridge, where he has been frequently left on the bench or played on the wing by Villas-Boas’ successor Roberto Di Matteo.

The Spurs boss privately believes the pacey forward could bag 20 league goals a season if deployed in a front three with Gareth Bale and Remy, and will test Chelsea’s determination to keep the 22-year-old with a £10 million bid.

Internacional’s Damiao has been a Spurs target for well over a year, courtesy of the north Londoners strategic partnership with the Porto Alegre club and Villas-Boas has given Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy the green light to continue negtiations for the star.

Marseilles man Remy, who can play wide right or as a centre forward also remains a target, with the Lilywhites ready to offer £15 million to secure the 25-year-old’ services.

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