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Tottenham confirm Adebayor capture

August 21, 2012
By ESPN staff and Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Tottenham Hotspur have signed Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored 17 goals while on loan at White Hart Lane last season.

Emmanuel Adebayor
PA PhotosEmmanuel Adebayor made a big impression at White Hart Lane on 2011-12

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Adebayor, 28, cost City £26 million when he signed from Arsenal in 2009 but following Roberto Mancini's arrival as manager he was frozen out at Eastlands.

The Togo international spent loan spells at Real Madrid in 2010-11 and then impressed while at Spurs for the duration of the 2011-12 campaign - with the North Londoners believed to have spent much of the summer trying to thrash out a permanent deal.

Tottenham have now finally managed to land Adebayor, who will provide a major boost to Andre Villas-Boas' attacking options after he started the season with Jermain Defoe as his only recognised senior striker.

Adebayor was delighted to put pen to paper, telling Spurs' official website: "I am pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis after finally agreeing my departure with Manchester City.

"It may have taken longer than expected but I am delighted to be back at Tottenham Hotspur. I really enjoyed my time here last season and I am hoping we can achieve great things together again."

He has earlier taken to Twitter to say: "I'm back!!!! Tottenham here I come!! I'm hungry for goals...Get ready."

ESPN understands Tottenham have not broken their wage structure to sign Adebayor, with the striker thought to have accepted terms of around £100,000 a week - a significant reduction from the £165,000-a-week wages he took home at City.