Emmanuel Adebayor is new target for Tottenham Hotspur as Real Madrid says more deal

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Manchester City’s former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor could be in line for a return to north London, after the Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp, admitted his interest in the player.

Adebayor moved to Manchester two years ago for £25m but failed to settle, and has started just 27 league games for the club. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Real Madrid, and in April scored twice in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final victory over Spurs.

The 27-year-old’s spell at City seems certain to end after he was left out of the squad for the club’s pre-season tour of America. Adebayor criticised Roberto Mancini, the manager, for not being “man enough to speak to me face-to-face to explain”.

Real Madrid are interested in a permanent deal for the player, but José Mourinho has also spoken publicly about his pursuit for the Santos forward Neymar and Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Agüero.

While the three years Adebayor spent at Arsenal would make himpur a controversial signing for Spurs, his relationship with his former employers was emphatically soured when his first encounter with them after moving to Manchester, in September 2009, featured an incendiary goal celebration in front of the Arsenal fans and led to a three-match ban for stamping on Robin Van Persie.

Speaking during Tottenham’s pre-season tour of South Africa, Redknapp said: “The chairman has been speaking about it. I am not sure if it will happen.

He is a name that has certainly been mentioned, certainly. I spoke to the chairman about loaning the player and if we could work out a deal for him, I would like to bring him to the club.”

Adebayor, who scored twice as Real beat Spurs 4-0 in the Champions League last season, joined Arsenal from Monaco in 2006 but damaged his relationship with Gunners fans when he joined City in 2009.