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Reunion on the cards as Stoke plot loan deal for Adebayor

| 02.02.2015

Stoke look set to launch a Transfer Deadline Day loan attack on Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic suggesting he would be a hit at the Britannia Stadium.

The Togolese striker performed well under current Potters boss Mark Hughes at Manchester City, and has today been linked with a reunion with the Welshman.

Speaking on Talksport when asked about the deal, Stoke stopper Begovic did little to pour water on any possible deal;

“Adebayor is a player that can help any team. We have a good bunch of guys here and I’m sure he would fit in”, the Bosnian goalkeeper said.

One hold-up on the deal could be that Spurs are rumoured to want any interested parties to cover the vast majority of the hitman’s £100,000 a week wages.

Thrash a compromise out with the north Londoners and the Staffordshire outfit could bag a striker who has a ratio of better than a goal every other game in the Premier League.

He performed well under Hughes during their half-season together at Eastlands, scoring six goals in 13 top-flight appearances for the Citizens before Christmas in the 2008-09 season.

And while some may see Adebayor as a potential disruptive influence, having fallen out numerous players and managers in the past, Hughes doesn’t see him as a risk;

“He wasn’t difficult. I liked him as a guy, I thought he was a good character.

“There was always that feeling that he had everything you needed from a top striker. He has size, pace, power and ability on the ball. He’s the whole package when he wants to be,” the 51-year-old told The Mirror.

Stoke are currently without one of their leading attacking options with Bojan ruled out for the rest of the season.

They look to have pulled away from a relegation scrap with four wins in their last six matches, and with the addition of an out-and-out goalscorer can push on to challenge those in the top-half of the table.

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