Crystal Palace set to swoop for former Arsenal and Real Madrid ace

Crystal Palace could offer Emmanuel Adebayor a Premier League lifeline, with the Togo star seemingly on the scrapheap at Tottenham Hotspur.

Adebayor has a reputation for being difficult to work with and high wage demands have seen him put off potential suitors in the past but Eagles boss Alan Pardew is reported to believe he can get the best from the 31-year-old striker.

The former Real Madrid, Arsenal and Monaco man has played just 131 minutes of football for Tottenham this year, making it clear he has no future under Mauricio Pochettino.

However, on his day Adebayor remains a potent goal threat and has averaged around a goal every two games since joining Spurs back in 2012.

While Palace have some exciting attacking options, in particular Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha, none of the club’s strikers managed to reach double figures in the league last season, with Glen Murray top scoring with seven.

As such the presence of an experienced campaigner like Adebayor, who has reached double figures in five separate Premier League campaigns, could help Palace push on and challenge for Europe next term.

West Ham are also keen on the 2008 African Footballer of the Year but a lack of manager in the Upton Park dugout could see Palace boss Pardew steal a march on his London rivals.

Adebayor will not come cheap and is rumoured to be happy to sit out the remainder of his £100,000 per week contract ( who wouldn’t be?) but with an extra £4m in the coffers after finishing in the top 10 last year Palace feel they will be able to offer a tempting package.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.