Besiktas test water with offer for Spurs Striker

Emmanuel Adebayor could be on his way from White Hart Lane.  The Tottenham Hotspur striker has been the subject of a bid from top Turkish side Besiktas.

Having made his loan move from Manchester City a permanent one at the start of the 2012-13 season, his second season at the north London club did not have the same success as his stint there for the 2011-12 season.

Five goals in 24 matches for the club was not delivering on the promise of the 17 goals of the previous campaign and it is widely believed that the future of the Togo international lies elsewhere.

Ahmet Piper, the Besiktas club director, told  Turkish news outlet Fanatik: “It is certainly true that we are looking at the idea of a transfer. We have made a serious bid for Adebayor.  That, in turn, has given us a figure for the player, which is slightly above the amount that we imagined.  However, making a signing as big as this immediately is nothing but a dream.  Negotiations always take a long time. I hope that we will get a chance to have a meeting soon.”

Adebayor started his career with French side Metz and moved to Monaco in 2003 and had a successful period there until 2006 before being picked up by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.  He led the front line fruitfully at The Emirates where he scored 46 times in just over a hundred appearances for the club.

His time at Manchester City, when the Club were developing into major investors following the takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group, started well after signing a five year contract having being signed for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £25million.

Effectively though he only had 18 months playing for City, during which time he scored 15 goals in 34 appearances.  The next year and a half was spent on loan at Real Madrid and Spurs, before making the permanent switch to North London.

It doesn’t seem feasible however that the player will remain at the club this coming season and the Besiktas offer could well be the first of many for a player who has the innate ability to flourish once again at the top level.

With Spurs linked with the likes of David Villa and equally importantly looking set to hang on to Gareth Bale for another season, it seems that the club is already planning the new season without the Togolese front man.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.