Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says he wants to keep hold of Emmanuel Adebayor next season- but the Togolese striker must take a pay cut if he is to stay in North London.
Adebayor has impressed during his short time at White Hart Lane, finding the net three times in four league games since his summer loan move from Manchester City, and Redknapp has revealed that while he is keen to keep the former Arsenal forward at the club, his wages could be a stumbling block.
“If Emmanuel maintains his current form I would love to keep him,” Redknapp said.
“But his wages are going to be a major stumbling block, that’s for sure.
“I have no idea how much we are paying towards his wages at the moment as the chairman [Daniel Levy] deals with those issues but I suspect they are massively subsidised by City.
“The only way we can realistically get a deal done is if Emmanuel is prepared to take a substantial pay-cut and put his football before money.” He added.
Adebayor has endured an unsettled career so far having worn the Football Shirts of different clubs already, and is unlikely to return to Man City after Roberto Mancini bought in Sergio Aguero over the summer to join the likes of Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Carloz Tevez in the striking department.
The 27-year-old recently stated he had fallen in love with Tottenham and their fans since joining the club despite previously playing for Arsenal and scoring the goals during a loan spell with Real Madrid that knocked Spurs out of the Champions League, and said the fans have warmed to him.
“I knew the fans already love me because that is what they are looking for – players to score goals,” he commented.
“Hopefully I will keep the hard work going.”