Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will renew his interest in Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, during the January transfer window according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Adebayor has been frozen out at White Hart Lane and cannot play competitive football until January after refusing to move on deadline day. The striker had offers from both Aston Villa and West Ham United but demanded that Tottenham paid up the remaining length of his contract – worth £5million at £100,000-a-week.
His stubbornness is said to have angered both fans and the Tottenham board, who have insisted that he will never play for the club again.
Adebayor scored 14 goals in 24 appearances during Sherwood’s spell in charge at Spurs but has not played any football since the home defeat by his former club Manchester City in May.
Sherwood told the press: “I would not hesitate if he had the desire to want to come and play football again,” he said. “If we needed something in January, I’d consider it. I would have taken him in a heartbeat [this summer].
“He would have given us a valuable bit of experience and he also knows how to score. He would charge around and cause havoc, on his day he is one of the best I’ve seen.
“I’m disappointed for him because he’s not going to play. He’s too good a talent to not play any football but unfortunately I don’t think there’s any window open for him now. He’s not in it for the money but, genuinely, he wants to play at the top level.
“It’s not financial, it’s easy to say that when you’re on his money but he would genuinely play for nothing. It’s not his fault he’s not part of their plans, it’s not Mauricio’s fault. They’re not compatible but by the look of things there’s nowhere Ade wants to go and play.”
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