Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement with Manchester City for the transfer of striker Emmanuel Adebayor, reports Sky Sports. The Togo international has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane on a permanent basis, after notching 17 goals and 11 assists in the league last season while on loan from the Citizens.
The report states Tottenham have reached an agreement with the Premier League champions over a transfer fee, which should pave the way to open talks with Adebayor over personal terms with the north London club. The Daily Mail claims City have accepted an bid in the region of £6mn for the 28 year old and also that the former Arsenal man is set to become Spurs' highest-paid player, although he will be taking a cut on his £160,000 per week wages from Manchester City.
The transfer was widely expected after Adebayor's impressive performances last season and new Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas' revelation the club were interested in signing the forward on a permanent deal.
"Adebayor is another player who was important for last season and it will be a lie if I say we are not looking for a striker and Ade is part of that list," BBC quoted the Portuguese tactician as saying.
Subject to personal terms being finalised, Tottenham are expected to conclude a deal over the weekend. The former Arsenal man will become Spurs' third summer signing after Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen and Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Vertonghen Confident of Title Challenge
Meanwhile, Tottenham's new signing Vertonghen believes Villas-Boas has the right team to mount a title challenge for the Premier League this season. The Londoners were in the running for the league crown last season under Harry Redknapp but the club stumbled out of the race in the final stages of the campaign after a series of disappointing results. The former Ajax captain is, however, confident that his new club is capable of putting together a better performance this term.
"When I see these players, there is a lot of quality and possibility to be in first position. They were in the title race last year; this year I want to do the same and keep it going for longer," ESPN quoted Vertonghen as saying.
The 25 year old completed his move from Amsterdam to Tottenham on Thursday, after leading the Dutch outfit to two Eredivisie titles in a row.