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Emmanuel Adebayor signs short-term deal with Crystal Palace

Emmanuel Adebayor hasn't played since leaving Tottenham in September.

Crystal Palace completed the signing of former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor on Tuesday.

Adebayor was a free agent after leaving Tottenham in September. He visited Palace's training ground for talks on Tuesday before finalising a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The deal includes an option for a year-long extension should he impress at Selhurst Park, sources say, and Adebayor has accepted the offer despite initially wanting a long-term contract.

"I chose Palace because my family are happy in London," he told the club's website. "Palace have been playing the football I like and they have a few players who are my friends.

"Hopefully I can bring more experience to Palace and achieve what they want to achieve."

The striker's future has been the subject of speculation for some time with a number of clubs credited with an interest in his services.

Palace boss Alan Pardew revealed earlier this month that he was considering a move for Adebayor to help solve his side's goal scoring problems.

The Adebayor deal also signals the end of Palace's reported interest in signing Chelsea striker Loic Remy on loan, with sources saying Newcastle have made a loan enquiry for the Frenchman.

Adebayor first moved to the Premier League when he joined Arsenal from French side Monaco, and left for Manchester City in a £25 million deal during the summer of 2009 before loan spells at Real Madrid and Spurs ahead of his permanent switch to White Hart Lane in August 2012.

Palace lost 3-1 at home to Tottenham on Saturday, which was a fourth straight Premier League defeat for Alan Pardew's side, who had enjoyed a bright start to the campaign.

Adebayor's arrival will give the Eagles boss some much-needed cover in attack, with the likes of Dwight Gayle and Yannick Bolasie both struggling for match fitness, while Connor Wickham is facing a potential three-match suspension after being charged by the Football Association for an alleged ebow in the face of Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen.

Since leaving White Hart Lane, Adebayor has been continuing his own personal training programme in a bid to remain sharp ahead of any potential move, which is expected to see some of the reported £100,000-a-week wages for which Tottenham were still liable under the terms of his contract offset following the Palace deal.

Palace assistant boss Keith Millen, meanwhile, remains confident the south-east London club can get the best out of Adebayor.

"We have a good group of players at this club and I would like to think we could deal with anyone," Millen told the Croyden Advertiser. "It is the environment really -- if it is the right environment then you can maybe get the players who may have been difficult before to be decent."

Adebayor said he does not feel he has to prove himself all over again.

The striker added: "I don't have anything personally to achieve -- I've got to go for the team and what they want to achieve.

"As a footballer you always want to leave your name out there. What I've achieved in England and football so far, I am quite happy.

"Togo has been Togo for how many years? And I am the only one to have the chance to play in the Premier League and score that amount of goals, so I am already blessed with that."

Palace host Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, which could see Adebayor make his debut.

Information from Press Association was used in this report.


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