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AVB to offload Adebayor in summer

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR will be allowed to leave Tottenham this summer as Andre Villas-Boas lines up Leandro Damiao and Portugal forward Eder to replace the Togo striker.

Spurs have been short on attacking options this season, with Adebayor's African Cup of Nations absence, injuries to Jermain Defoe and the failure to sign a third striker.

But Villas-Boas appears willing to expend with Adebayor who has failed to replicate the form of his debut season. The 29-year-old has scored just two league goals for Spurs this season, compared to 17 last term. Tottenham will listen to offers for the striker.

Villas-Boas is keen for the club hierarchy to tweak the squad, he hopes in preparation for a Champions League campaign, and the Portuguese would be willing to let Adebayor go as part of those plans.

Spurs have tried three times to sign Leandro from Internacional in Brazil and even though Villas-Boas played down the idea of making a fourth bid next summer, the 23-year-old remains firmly on the head coach's radar. There is, however, interest in him from Italian clubs, notably Napoli, who are second in Serie A and strongly placed to qualify for the Champions League.

Another player the Spurs boss regards highly is Eder. The pair worked together when Villas-Boas was in charge of Academica during the 2009-10 season.

 

Mobile

Now with Braga, the 25-year-old has five caps for Portugal and is a powerful, mobile centre-forward. Christian Benteke, the Aston Villa forward, is also being scouted.

Adebayor, 29 on Tuesday, joined Spurs on a £5million permanent deal only last summer after a successful loan spell from Manchester City the previous season. Yet the Togolese player is enduring a disappointing campaign at White Hart Lane.

In the first year of a four-year deal, Adebayor has scored only three times in 22 appearances for his club.

The start of his season was delayed by injury, before he was sent off in the north London derby in November, resulting in a three-match ban.

Adebayor's decision to play for Togo at the African Cup of Nations meant he was unavailable for four more games.

He is one of the top earners at Tottenham, collecting a package close to £100,000 a week when incentives and bonuses are taken into account.


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