Adebayor’s Spurs move in doubt as Man City refuse pay-off demand

Emmanuel Adebayor’s move to Tottenham Hotspur is on the verge of collapse after he demanded a lucrative pay-off from Manchester City the Metro reports.

It was expected that the Togo striker would sign a four-year-deal to return to Spurs this week following his fruitful loan spell last season that saw him score 17 goals and pick up 11 assists in 33 games.

New boss Andre Villas-Boas is desperate to boost his options up front and was hoping to conclude a cut-price £5 million deal to sign Adebayor prior to the new Premier League campaign that kicks off in just over two weeks.

The Portuguese tactician was hoping to finalise the transfer within the next 48 hours only for the 28-year-old to put the move in jeopardy after demanding a chunk of the fee from City.

Adebayor earned £175,000-a-week at the Etihad Stadium but agreed to take a cut prior to his temporary switch back to White Hart Lane last term with the remainder subsidised by the title holders .

The former Arsenal frontman is unwilling to do the same again and, despite accepting Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s offer of £100,000-per-week, he is demanding his current employers compensate for the lower wage packet he will pick up in North London.

Roberto Mancini is reluctant to give in to the troublesome forward’s requests despite needing to slash the clubs wage bill in order to move in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

It’s thought Mancini has already informed Adebayor that he can forget about receiving a substantial pay-off and will be dumped into the reserves should he fail to drop his demands.

According to reports talks with Spurs will resume this week as both parties hoping to come to a resolution with City keen to rid themselves of a player they paid £25m for just three years ago.