Tottenham Hotspur's search for a striker seems to be a never ending adventure. However, it now looks like the Club has settled onto a player that actually makes sense: Emmanuel Adebayor. Speaking from Spurs preseason tour of South Africa, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said:
The chairman has been speaking about it. I am not sure if it will happen. He [Adebayor] is a name that has been mentioned, certainly. I spoke to the chairman about loaning the player and if we could work out a deal for him, I would like to bring him to the club.
The former Arsenal player is certainly not well liked by the fans at White Hart Lane, but given the Club's dire need for a goalscoring threat and Adebayor's desire for playing time, the move could make sense for both sides. Many questions his attitude and work ethic, but the same can be said for most top drawer strikers (see Berbatov, Dimitar).
My main worry with Adebayor is that his goal scoring output has steadily fallen since his 30-goal season for Arsenal in 2007-08. In each of the subsequent seasons he scored 16, 14, and 13 goals in all competitions. Granted any of those totals would be an improvement over Spurs' current crop of strikers, but 20 goals would certainly be preferred.
There's two big obstacles to this deal happening. First, there is the matter of wages. Adebayor earns well over £100,000 per week at Manchester City and while Real Madrid may have been willing to pay all of that Tottenham certainly won't. If Man City agree to pay half of the player's wages for the season then the loan deal could work. Second, is the fact that this deal would be helping the Citizens' rivals for Champions League places. The Togolese striker's loan to Madrid last year wasn't a big deal because the two clubs weren't in competition with each other.
What are your thoughts on the potential of this deal? Would you welcome Adebayor to the Lane? Could he score 20+ goals for Spurs?