Marginalised Tottenham frontman Emmanuel Adebayor is one of 12 names on the West Ham striker search shortlist, according to the Evening Standard.
The Irons are as short as 2/5 to sign the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid man on a permanent deal by the close of the transfer window.
Its news that may not be greeted with universal acclaim by a fanbase whose opposition recently put paid to the club’s hopes of acquiring reformed hullabaloo-magnet Joey Barton.
Since departing the Gunners for City, the Togolese international has been dogged by controversy and long spells in the more Siberian reaches of his managers’ affections.
Having looked disinterested under Andre Villas-Boas and Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, Adebayor has done little to convince potential purchasers he remains motivated after turning down a reunion with Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa.
Sherwood had previously proven the one man able to revive the lust for goals in the striker during their short spell together in north London.
Yet, it’s still possible that Adebayor could prove an explosive addition to Slaven Bilic’s squad, just as long as they don’t sign him on a long-term contract.
Incendiary in his first campaigns at both City and Tottenham and a highly effective second fiddle during his half-term on loan at Real, he has a history of effervescent beginnings that succumb to terminal cases of second-season syndrome.
Here James Olley, the Standard scribe who broke the news of Spurs man’s inclusion among on the West Ham shortlist, has some promising news for Irons followers:
“Tottenham may consider a loan deal given their desperation to get Adebayor’s £100,000-a-week wage off their books.”
A season-long rental looks the ideal way to exploit his still-considerable gifts – just so long as the Irons owners don’t find themselves convinced to take him along for the ride when the club move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 campaign.