Yesterday, we reported that Spurs and Aston Villa were going to hold some serious discussions regarding Emmanuel Adebayor making a permanent move, but that was all we knew at the time. Apparently some of those discussions have happened, and it appears that any and all moves have been put on the table.
The Telegraph are reporting that Spurs are quite open to a simple loan deal that would send Adebayor to Villa Park, but the loan is contingent on there being absolutely no subsidizing of Adebayor's wages by Tottenham.
Villa manager Tim Sherwood is interested in signing striker Adebayor after Liverpool triggered Christian Benteke’s £32.5million release clause.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had been demanding around £5million for Adebayor to leave the club on a permanent deal, but may be willing to sanction a loan deal if Villa fund the 31-year-old’s £100,000-a-week wages.
Adebayor has a year left to run on his Spurs contract and loaning him to Villa for a season would get the former Arsenal man off the club’s wage bill for good.
This confirms what we've known for awhile now in that the entire goal of moving Adebayor out of North London is to get his high wages off the books. With one year left on his contract, this makes a ton of sense. While there would be no fee involved for Aston Villa to take on Adebayor, it means that Spurs free up a ton of money on their wage bill. It also means that Spurs may not be so quick to sell Roberto Soldado, whom we haven't heard much about since he was linked to Villarreal and Sevilla in the past few weeks, since it was assumed that Soldado would be the easier of the two to move.
There isn't much more to say about this, other than this is looking like it's going to happen one way or another. With Christian Benteke moving on to Liverpool being just about a done deal, there's a glaring hole up top that needs to be filled. Adebayor obviously trusts Sherwood since he was responsible for restoring him to the first team when Andre Villas-Boas was fired, and Sherwood probably believes that he can experience the same success. Whether it's a sale or a loan, this is a very positive turn of events and, hopefully, the monkey wrenches stay away from this being finalized over the next few days.