Emmanuel Adebayor agrees to personal terms with Besiktas

Paul Gilham

Reports linking Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor with a move to Turkish club Besiktas have increased following a reported agreement on personal terms between the two parties.

Tottenham Hotspur still haven't signed a striker in this transfer window and now it appears increasingly likely that the best striker on the club's books may be leaving. Emmanuel Adebayor, who performed poorly last season, now seems to have agreed to personal terms ahead of a move to Besiktas.

The Turkish club have completed what many thought would be the difficult part by getting Adebayor to agree to wages. Now comes the task of agreeing on a transfer fee with Tottenham Hotspur. The article linked above quotes Besiktas board member Ahmet Kavalci as saying, "We are definitely interested in him Adebayor and have made an offer." So, it seems like, at the very least, the two sides may be in talks over the Togolese striker.

The major hurdle for Besiktas seems to be their current ban from UEFA competitions. The ban was handed down in June over allegations of match-fixing during the 2010-11 season, but there is an appeal hearing scheduled for tomorrow (July 11). The Turkish club will speak to UEFA's Appeals Board despite the punishments having already been approved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Failure to win the appeal may negatively impact both the signing of Adebayor and Beskitas' pursuit of Ronaldinho.

Letting Adebayor leave now seems incredibly stupid to me. We still don't have another striker and to begin the preseason with only Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane on the books at the striker position is absolutely insane. That said, if Besiktas make a solid offer for Adebayor I wouldn't mind selling him, but I'd still like to have a replacement already in the team.

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