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'Aston Villa close on Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor'

Image: Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor looks set for a White Hart Lane exit

Emmanuel Adebayor is set for a medical at Aston Villa as the striker looks set for a switch from Tottenham, according to Sky sources.

Sky reported earlier on Tuesday that the 31-year-old was spotted at Villa's training ground and in the evening while they were playing at Wolves in a friendly, news came through that Adebayor was lined up for a medical on Wednesday.

His future at Spurs looked bleak under Mauricio Pochettino having featured just three times in the Premier League in 2015, and with Villa looking for a new striker to replace Christian Benteke who has joined Liverpool, a move seems to suit all parties.

Adebayor did not travel with the rest of the Tottenham squad for their game in Denver against the MLS All-Stars.

A move to Villa would reunite him with Villa boss Tim Sherwood, under whom he enjoyed some success at White Hart Lane.

Adebayor fell out of favour when Andre Villas Boas was Tottenham head coach, but following the departure of the Portuguese and the appointment of Sherwood in November 2013, Adebayor was reinstated to the first team and scored 14 goals in 24 appearances.

Once Sherwood left at the end of the 2013/14 season, replaced by Pochettino, the Togo striker again found himself out of favour and behind Harry Kane in the pecking order.

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Adebayor saw a potential loan move to West Ham collapse on the final day of the January transfer window and has been made available by Spurs who are keen to offload the former Arsenal striker to free up space and wages to bring in a forward more in keeping with Pochettino's style.

Adebayor joined Tottenham from Manchester City in August 2012 for £5m after a successful loan spell and during his four years at White Hart Lane he has scored 35 goals in 92 Premier League appearances for the club.

Should he join Villa, he would become Sherwood's eighth signing of the summer, following Jose Angel Crespo, Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards, Mark Bunn, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew. 

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