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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jul 29, 2013

Besiktas eye Adebayor, Soldado to come

Besiktas remain keen in their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is set to be replaced at White Hart Lane by Spain striker Roberto Soldado.

Emmanuel Adebayor did little to inspire confidence in his abilities last season
Adebayor scored 17 league goals in his first season at Spurs but has fallen out of favour.

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Adebayor has been linked with a move to Istanbul this summer despite only completing his permanent move to the club a year ago, following a successful loan spell in the 2011-12 campaign.

However, a poor season last term has led to reports of Spurs being happy to sell the Togo striker on while they have also held talks with Valencia over the signing of Soldado.

A move to Istanbul remains a possibility, but only if Besiktas win their appeal against a ban from European competition over match-fixing allegations.

Besiktas have taken UEFA's decision to exclude them from next season's Europa League to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and club president Fikret Orman is waiting on the verdict before his club makes a move for Adebayor.

"We are interested in Adebayor, the transfer could still go ahead," Orman is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror. "The deal-breaker for Adebayor was whether we would play in Europe this season, as soon as we are cleared I will travel to London and complete the deal."

According to Spanish sports daily AS, Soldado’s transfer is back on and will be finalised in a “question of hours”.

Last week, Tottenham’s sporting director Franco Baldini was in Valencia for talks with Los Che president Amadeo Salvo, but negotiations seemed to have hit a stalemate when the clubs were unable to agree on a fee.

Valencia have said their star striker can leave the club for €30 million – Soldado’s buy-out clause – and it now seems that Spurs have agreed to meet that price.

After an extended holiday following his participation in the Confederations Cup with Spain, Soldado only returned to training with Valencia on Saturday. The forward refused to speak to the press over the weekend and AS reports that Sunday’s training session could have been his last alongside his Valencia team-mates.

Soldado scored 24 times for Los Che last season, but his goals weren’t enough to fire his side into the Champions League positions. Like Spurs, Valencia finished fifth in the league last term, just a point off the top four.

New Valencia boss Miroslav Dukic is already on the look-out for replacements for the Spain striker, and former Spurs flop Helder Postiga is likely to sign from Zaragoza in the coming days. With Los Che expected to bring in two strikers should Soldado leave the club, Postiga could be joined at Mestalla by Espanyol’s Sergio Garcia or Getafe’s Adrian Colunga for the upcoming season.

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