Gregg Evans at the Birmingham Mail is reporting that Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to be at Bodymoor Heath today and will have a medical tomorrow in order to complete a loan move from Tottenham Hotspur. The details of the move are not yet known, but Aston Villa will certainly be footing at least some of Adebayor's £100,000 per week wages in a loan that looks set to be aimed at a permanent move later.
The wages, as so many have pointed out, are frankly absurd, but it's worth remembering that Adebayor won't be costing a transfer fee. So instead of thinking of this as something around £5 million in wages, think of it as that amount for the whole move. Whatever you think of Adebayor, he would probably command about £3 million in a transfer fee, so this would be the equivalent of that plus £40,000 per week wages. If Villa made that move, I doubt we'd hear too much complaining. And there is a decent chance that Villa won't be picking up the entire tab. If that proves to be the case, adjust the math accordingly.
Should he come to Villa, Adebayor would likely fit right into Tim Sherwood's plans, and would certainly give him plenty of options. He could use three strikers with Adebayor, Libor Kozak, and Jordan Ayew, or he could rotate players as he sees fit. Regardless, the one person who has ever gotten consistent play from Adebayor is Sherwood, so if he thinks this is a good deal, I'm willing to trust him. Alex had a lot to say on the matter last week.
We'll wait for official confirmation, but in the meantime, what do you think? Is this a low risk move, a massively stupid decision, or something else entirely? Let us know!