With the transfer window closing in just over a week, Spurs have already started to put together some business. The club have firstly announced the signing of Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, while Andre Villas-Boas has allowed one of the squad’s existing players to leave after QPR agreed a fee for Michael Dawson.
The acquisition of Adebayor will certainly be pleasing for supporters, after the former Arsenal striker made such an impression at White Hart Lane last term. Having hit 18 goals in just 37 appearances, Villas-Boas has found something of a bargain after paying City just £5m for his services. Nevertheless, it’s thought that one of the main stumbling blocks in the past has been Adebayor’s excessive wage demands and while a compromise has clearly been made with the player, it’s still understood that he’ll be one of the highest earners at White Hart Lane.
In the case of Dawson, his exit has come as something of a shock. While the former Nottingham Forest central defender has never been a regular in the Spurs team, few expected him to leave. However, it’s now understood that AVB has told him that he’ll be the third choice player in his position, and such news has prompted the 28-year-old to be open to this move to QPR.
The R’s have already had a £7.5m bid accepted and with Dawson eager for first team opportunities, it should not be too long before this transfer is completed. While some supporters could be sad at Dawson’s proposed departure, the fact that the club could make an eventual £10m through the deal should ease the blow substantially.
With Sebastien Bassong also leaving the club on Tuesday, it remains to be seen if AVB will bring any more players in. He has certainly been linked with several, although after succumbing to Adebayor’s wage demands a large chunk of Spurs’ budget may have been taken up.