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 By Eren Sarigul

Emmanuel Adebayor joins Turkish side Basaksehir on free transfer

Former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has completed his move to the Turkish Super Lig side Basaksehir on a free transfer.

Adebayor, a free agent since leaving Crystal Palace in the summer, put pen to paper on an 18-month deal that commits him to the Istanbul-based club until summer 2018.

The 32-year-old Togo international underwent a medical with Basaksehir on Tuesday at the Medipol Mega University hospital in Istanbul.

"Adebayor wants a new challenge and intrigued by what he saw at our club," Basaksehir executive director Mustafa Erogut said.

"Adebayor did not need much convincing. After seeing the club and meeting with the president he was impressed with our vision and the chance to make history."

Basaksehir currently sit second in Super Lig table, two points behind reigning champions Besiktas.

Should they win the title, they would become only the sixth team to win the Turkish championship, after Besiktas, Bursaspor, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor.

Basaksehir chief scout Alioum Saidou monitored Adebayor's fitness during the African Nations Cup and gave the club the all-clear to go ahead with contract talks.

The Super Lig side have included performance-related clauses and bonuses in Adebayor's contract and the striker will be rewarded if they qualify for the Europa League or Champions League next season.

Eren Sarigul covers Turkish football for ESPN and Follow him on Twitter: @_ErenSarigul


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