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Tottenham nearing permanent Adebayor deal
- Updated: July 9, 2012
Adebayor spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane 17 goals and providing 11 assists in 33 appearances with new boss Andre Villas-Boas keen to retain the Togo striker’s services.
The Portuguese tactician was impressed by the 28-year-old’s displays as Spurs’ target man and wants him to rekindle the deadly understanding built with Gareth Bale in the upcoming campaign.
It’s thought chairman Daniel Levy will pay the Premier League champions £5 million for Adebayor as well as supplementing his £170,000-per-week salary with a substantial signing-on-fee.
It will be a huge boost to Villas-Boas as he heads into his first term as Tottenham manager with Jermaine Defoe as the only senior striker at the club.
The former Chelsea coach will also be relived that the deal to bring Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen to North London has been completed subject to the Belgian international passing a medical.
Vertonghen’s move to Spurs was initially held up by a contract wrangle, but with that now resolved, the 25-year-old become Villas-Boas second purchase of the summer after Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson joined from Hoffenheim.
“I am very relieved,” he told Sky Sports News.
“It went on for a long time, but I’m glad I’m a Tottenham player right now and I’m looking forward to playing for the club.
“I am 25 years old now and I feel ready to play in the Premier League. I have heard a lot of good stories from my Belgium team-mates. I think I’m ready.
“I heard that Harry Redknapp really wanted me to play for Tottenham, but now it’s Andre Villas-Boas. To me, that doesn’t matter.
“I just want to play for the club and I hope I can please the fans at the club.”