Tuesday 21 November 2017

Redknapp: Pay-cut needed for Ade to stay

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp concedes Emmanuel Adebayor will have to take a huge pay-cut if he is to stay at White Hart Lane next season.

Adebayor has played a key role in helping Tottenham turn around their season. Since he signed on loan from Manchester City, the Londoners have lost just once and they can move level with Adebayor's parent club at the top of the Premier League tomorrow if they beat Wolves at White Hart Lane.

Adebayor has struck up a good understanding with Rafael van der Vaart to keep top goalscorer Jermain Defoe out of the team, and the Togo striker is keen to make his move permanent.

Spurs' top earners are thought to be on around £70,000 a week -- about a third of what Adebayor receives at City -- and Redknapp summed up the gulf in spending power between the two clubs.

"He has done well for us. He has worked hard but he is on amazing money," said the former West Ham boss.

"The other week, one of the lads told him that he had not paid his £50 fine for being the worst player in training on a Friday morning. One of the lads said to him: 'Bloody hell, Ade, you are on 200 grand a week and you can't afford to pay a £50 fine!' He replied: 'Don't insult me, it's 225!'


The laughter that ensued was followed up by a serious message from Redknapp, who admitted: "He certainly isn't getting that here."

Meanwhile, Wolves manager Mick McCarthy believes Tottenham can end the Manchester United-Chelsea-Arsenal stranglehold in the Premier League.

Blackburn are the last side outside the Red Devils, Blues or Gunners to win the league -- in 1995 -- and McCarthy said: "Spurs are genuine title contenders.

"They've got great players and I'm sure Harry Redknapp will be trying to add to that this (transfer) window, also keeping everyone fit and making sure they all stay on the pitch.

"If they do, then, yes, they are a genuine contender for the title and it would be refreshing for someone else to win it.

"It does all get a bit boring when the Premier League is won by one, two or three teams and no-one else gets a sniff."

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