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Aston Villa had deal with Spurs' Adebayor but have dropped interest

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Aston Villa are apparently out of the running to secure the services of Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Sometimes it feels as if all of football is playing a massive joke on Tottenham Hotspur. West Bromwich Albion have rejected numerous bids from them for Saido Berahino, and rumour has it that today Southampton did the same for Victor Wanyama. But the biggest joke of them all might be their inability to get rid of Emmanuel Adebayor and his £100,000 per week wages.

Apparently, they were awfully close though, as David Ornstein reports that Aston Villa and Spurs had a deal reached for Adebayor in July, but that the striker rejected it. Presumably it was due to Tim Sherwood's demands that Ade move to Birmingham rather than commuting back and forth from London. Furthermore, despite earlier reports of renewed interest, Villa are apparently done pursuing the striker for this window.

That means that Spurs are still stuck paying six-figure weekly wages to a player who is, as Tim Sherwood accurately said yesterday, "a Tottenham development player." Dan Levy and company had better hope someone swoops in and convinces Ade away, or else the perpetual universal joke on Spurs will continue.