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Spurs get closer to tying up Adebayor

Tottenham are close to agreeing a fee for Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Spurs have been in negotiations with Premier League champions Manchester City over making Adebayor's loan move permanent.

But while talks are progressing, it is understood the deal is far from complete.

Adebayor struck 17 league goals for Tottenham last season.

New manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to keep the 28-year-old former Arsenal marksman, who has one year left on his City contract.

Adebayor will have to accept a drop in wages -- he is reported to earn £170,000 a week at Eastlands -- but this may be compensated for by a signing-on fee.

Tottenham have signed Belgium international Jan Vertonghen and Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson already this week as they rebuild under Villas-Boas.

He is also tracking Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, who is valued at £31.5million by the club, but may have to offload Luka Modric before buying.

Real Madrid are interested in Modric, while doubt remains over Rafael van der Vaart.

German clubs Hamburg and Schalke have been monitoring Van der Vaart, but the Dutch forward has indicated he is likely to stay at Spurs for another year.



City stunned by Saudis in Austria

Premier League champions Manchester City suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Saudi Arabian outfit Al Hilal in their first pre-season outing in Austria last night.

Alabid Nawaf Shaker scored the only goal midway through the second half, although manager Roberto Mancini will not be too worried at such an early stage of preparations for the defence of their title.

Skipper Vincent Kompany was among a number of senior players who started, although it was fellow defender Aleksandar Kolarov who came closest to an early goal.

Trialist striker Mario Jelavic was introduced at the break as was Kolo Toure.

And it was the Ivorian who had City's best chance to equalise, only to head a Vladimir Weiss cross over.