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Sunday 17 December 2017

Adebayor: 'I wanted to join West Ham but am happy to stay at Spurs'

Emmanuel Adebayor had looked destined to leave Tottenham on Monday.
Emmanuel Adebayor had looked destined to leave Tottenham on Monday.

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has confirmed he wanted to join West Ham on transfer deadline day but insists he is happy to stay put after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy blocked the move.

Adebayor says he had five "good" clubs interested in taking him on loan and that a switch to Upton Park is what appealed to him most, but that Levy would not allow it due to the Hammers being direct rivals of Tottenham's in the race for a top-four Premier League finish.

The 30-year-old Togolese frontman said: "The club decided to send me out on loan, which I was pleased with, and I was lucky enough to have five good clubs (interested). I decided to go for three, to see which one I should choose, and finally when I chose the one I wanted to go to, unfortunately Mr Levy was against it because there was a rivalry between Tottenham and the club I wanted to go to. The club decided I should stay, which I am very happy to do. I am here to do my job."

West Ham are currently eighth in the table, four points worse off than sixth-placed Tottenham. Adebayor also confirmed that one of the interested parties were QPR, whose manager Harry Redknapp - the man who brought the player to Spurs in 2011 - resigned from the position on Tuesday.

"Harry Redknapp is a great manager," Adebayor said. "But I decided to go to West Ham because of their position in the league.

"And also because I could have played alongside some of their players - like Alex Song (a former Arsenal team-mate of Adebayor's), who is like a brother to me - I wanted to go to West Ham instead of QPR."

Adebayor has been booed from the stands by Tottenham supporters this season, something he says makes him "very sad" but stresses he can understand. "I know how much they pay to come and watch us and that they want us to perform," he said.

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