Last Updated: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 08:46
Tottenham's hopes of offloading Emmanuel Adebayor this summer have grown after Turkish outfit Besiktas confirmed they want him.
The Togo striker had a disappointing season for Spurs last time out after completing a permanent move from Manchester City, and did not do his relationship with the club's fans much good when he returned late from the African Nations Cup at a time Spurs were desperately short of strikers.
A move this summer has always been on the cards as long as Spurs could find someone to match his wages, thought to be around £180,000 a week.
Spanish side Atletico Madrid and Italian giants Inter Milan are both known to be keen but it is Besiktas who have made the first move, although whether any of them can match his demands without making a knockdown offer remains to be seen.
Besiktas sporting director Ahmet Piper claims they are in talks with Tottenham and have lodged an offer for Adebayor in the hope of completing the 'dream' signing.
"It is certainly true that we are looking at Adebayor," said Piper. "We have made a serious bid, and that in turn has given us an idea of what Tottenham want for the player.
"Negotiations always take a long time, but I hope we will get a chance to have a meeting soon.
"Making a big signing like this would be a dream."
Even if a deal is agreed between the clubs, Adebayor is under contract at Spurs and is unlikely to agree a switch to somewhere new for any less than he is currently earning at White Hart Lane, so there is a long way to go before any move is completed.
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