So the transfer window has shut for another summer, and a lot of the last few days’ speculation was based on Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor. Several clubs have shown interest in the striker, with Aston Villa and West Ham United seen as the front runners in the race to sign him.
Adebayor was made an offer by Spurs to become a free agent so that he could join any club he liked, by cancelling the last year on his £100,000 a week contract, but he rejected this saying that he wanted them to pay all of his contract in full (which would have cost the club a hefty £5 million to complete). He has been out of favour at Spurs for quite some time now, with manager Mauricio Pochettino making it clear that Adebayor does not fit into his future plans. He has even gone as far as to take away his strip number, and he has been demoted to training with the under-21 team. It is highly unlikely that he will play again for them in either the Premier League or the Europa League, which means that he will now have to wait until the January transfer window opens before he has any chance of playing football again.
Last month Aston Villa looked the most likely to sign Adebayor, and he even went as far as to complete his medical there; however he pulled out of the deal last minute. Allegedly the reason for this is that he was waiting on a sign from God that it would be the right decision for him. He was then offered a loan move to West Ham, but he failed to turn up for his medical there, and by the time he finally agreed to meet with them on the last days of the transfer window it was too late really for the deal to be signed. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was said to be put off by the high valuation of Adebayor, and also by his wage demands.
31 year old Adebayor originates from Togo, and has played for numerous English clubs since originally joining for Arsenal in 2006. After 3 years there he then moved on to Manchester City, and ended up signing for Tottenham in 2012.
By failing to be signed or go on loan to another club this summer, it does look like Adebayor will not get to play for a while now. He will either be the subject of discussion again in January, or it could be likely he will stay put until the end of the season, which would then mean his contract would have run out. This is a huge blow for Spurs, who will therefore continue to pay him even though he will not be contributing in any way to the team, and then they will not get any money for him in the end.