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Tottenham Hotspur striker linked with move to Serie A

Emmanuel Adebayor is surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane, but Italian giants Roma may have a place for him.

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Many around Spurs believe that Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will use January as a time to clear some of the deadwood (or dissenting voices, whatever you prefer) from his squad. One such player who could be on the way out is striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese strike has featured sparingly for Spurs and has failed to even make the match day squad for the last several months. Now, Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Adebayor could be joining Roma.

Roma are resigned to losing Mattia Destro to Milan this January and are looking at replacements they can buy with the money they raise from his sale. The rumored price for Destro is 18 million euro. At that price, Gazzetta believes Roma could tempt Adebayor away from London or, possibly, lure Mario Gomez away from Fiorentina. Any bid for Adebayor is probably boosted by Roma's "good relationship" with Spurs, thanks to the presence of Franco Baldini.

I'm not sure if Roma can afford Adebayor's wages, but the Tottenham striker is nearing the end of his contract and he may be willing to take less money in exchange for playing time and some additional security. If Roma are willing to bid anything like 18 million euro, I think Daniel Levy would bite Walter Sabatini's hand off to get that money. Realistically though, anything around 10 million would be an excellent return for a 31 year-old Adebayor who appears to have no future at Tottenham.