Emmanuel Adebayor's move to Tottenham drags on

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will attempt to secure a £6million deal for Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor this week.

Villas-Boas admitted he is a striker short after his first game in charge of Tottenham ended in defeat at Newcastle.

A fee for the 28-year-old Togo striker, who scored 18 goals on loan at White Hart Lane last season, has been agreed and the former Arsenal forward is close to agreeing a wage cut after accepting that his City career is over.

Villas-Boas, frustrated at the opening day defeat after Spurs hit the woodwork twice, pledged to spend quickly with the surprise first-day tormentors of Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, visiting White Hart Lane on Saturday.

He said: ‘We are trying to conclude deals in the transfer market. It has been stalled for quite some time for most European teams. It is not through lack of trying that we have not signed more players. We are still looking to further strengthen our squad and will continue that this week.’