West Ham to move for Spurs misfit as Carroll alternative.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has identified Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor as a decent alternative if the club misses out on Andy Carroll, it has emerged.
The Hammers have been locked in talks with their prime target Carroll since the end of the season, as they have made it a priority to secure the Liverpool striker on a permanent deal after he impressed on loan at Upton Park in the 2012/13 season.
Liverpool finally accpeted an offer of £15million for their record signing, however, the 24-year-old is stalling on a contract offer from West Ham, as he is believed to prefer a move to a club playing in Europe next season.
It is unlikely that Carroll has any future at Anfield, after flopping spectacularly since his £35million move from Newcastle in 2011, and with his style of play not in keeping with current manager Brendan Rodgers’ short-passing philosophy.
It is unclear whether or not the England international will have offers from elsewhere, with Newcastle putting themselves out of the running to re-sign him this summer, but West Ham are preparing for him to turn down the chance to join them permanently.
This will now see them move for Spurs forward Adebayor, who could be available after a disappointing season at White Hart Lane. The Togolese international spent the 2011/12 campaign on loan at the club from Manchester City, and impressed with 18 goals and 12 assists, leading Spurs to fight to sign him permanently. However, his form has dipped dramatically since his move, and he notched up just 8 goals and 2 assists in 2012/13.
Big-spending French club Monaco have been linked with the 29-year-old, though they may now have bigger targets after managing to sign the likes of Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho with the backing of their wealthy Russian owner.
There is a concern that West Ham will not be able to afford Adebayor’s wages, as he already had to take a small pay-cut when he moved from City to Tottenham, though the former Arsenal man may be tempted to leave for more first-team football, as manager Andre Villas-Boas makes plans to bring in new attacking players this summer.
Adebayor is a typical Allardyce player in many ways, as he can play the target man role well with his height, strength and aerial ability, and though his career has been marked with inconsistency, he remains a well-established Premier League striker, who has scored 107 goals since moving to England in 2006.
He would also likely be a cheaper option than Carroll in terms of his transfer fee, with Spurs possibly willing to lose him for the £5million they paid for him, though the challenge will be negotiating his wages, and persuading him to take this step down to a mid-table side.
West Ham are also considering moving for Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, and failed in an attempt to sign Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea.