Togo coach Tom Saintfiet claims that experienced striker Emmanuel Adebayor is ready and willing to prove himself in the Premier League once more in the aftermath of his difficult exit from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old, who moved to White Hart Lane from Manchester City in 2012 following a successful season-long loan spell, was ostracised by manager Mauricio Pochettino and released from his contract by mutual consent in September having been omitted from both the club's Premier League and Europa League squads.
A rumoured insistence on the player's part that Tottenham compensate the remaining £5m ($7.5m) left on his contract appeared to scupper any chance of him completing a move away from North London towards the end of the summer transfer window, and the fact that Adebayor was still registered beyond the deadline means that he is not permitted to join another top-flight club until business resumes in January.
Saintfiet claimed in September that the former Arsenal forward would likely not play for Togo again amid claims that he no longer wanted to represent his country, yet believes he is now ready to play regularly and score goals at the highest level, driven by a desire to prove his quality.
"I hope in the winter break he can find a club in the Premier League in England," he told BBC World Service. "I think he is very motivated to prove, after what happened in Tottenham, that he is still a player who can add something to any team in England, and also other countries in Europe.
"He is physically ready, he still has the technical abilities and I think he is very motivated to prove a point. I think any club that appoints him in the winter break will see some goals. I'm sure of that and it will also help the national team and country to see him playing and training on a daily basis."
Adebayor scored just twice in his final 17 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham last term as both he and fellow outcast Roberto Soldado were firmly put in the shade by the surprisingly consistent form of England's Harry Kane, yet still attracted admiring glances from Premier League clubs over the summer.
A reunion with former boss Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa was supposedly scuppered at the last hurdle due to a reluctance to relocate, while West Ham United ended their interest thanks to a combination of concerns over costs and the arrival of Nikica Jelavic from Hull.
Worries over the striker's attitude have led to questions over whether or not it would be wise for another manager to sign him. Although rumours of a training period with newly promoted Watford never came to fruition, Quique Sanchez Flores has recently refused to rule out a move after signing former Tottenham teammate Etienne Capoue in July.
On hearing of the Hornets' interest in Adebayor, captain Troy Deeney said: "He is a good player but there are questions marks about his temperament. Our owner isn't naive enough to bring in any bad eggs in so I think they'd assess that angle if they were considering to bring him in."