- Crystal Palace have completed the free transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor
- The 31-year-old was released by Tottenham earlier this season
- Adebayor has been keeping himself fit while searching for a club
- Alan Pardew looking for striking reinforcements to ease scoring problem
Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has signed a contract with Crystal Palace until the end of the season, the club has confirmed.
Aston Villa and Watford were both interested in the 31-year-old but Alan Pardew has moved to ease his goalscoring worries heading into the back end of the season.
The move comes at an important time with Conor Wickham looking likely to receive a three-match ban following an elbow on Jan Vertonghen.
Emmanuel Adebayor completes move to Crystal Palace and has signed a contract until the end of the season
Palace chairman Steve Parish posted this picture on Instagram showing Pardew and Adebayor
Palace’s bright start to the season is beginning to derail as they struggle to find the back of the net and have now failed to win in their last six Premier League games.
Yohan Cabaye is the Eagles top-scorer this season with five and Wickham, who cost £9million in the summe, has scored just once.
What Adebayor will bring is goals. The striker scored 18 in 59 appearances during his time at White Hart Lane but was not included in Mauricio Pochettino’s 25-man Premier League squad.
Palace chairman Steve Parish took to Instagram to welcome his new addition and posted a picture of the duo and Pardew.
He said: ‘Real pleasure to welcome @e_adebayor to #cpfc.’
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The controversial forward left Tottenham in September and has been a free agent ever since
The Togo international was unable to join another club until the January window after being registered as a Tottenham player.
He was also involved in a disagreement with the club’s hierarchy after refusing to leave the club unless they paid him the £5m remaining on his contract.
He was linked with a reunion with Tim Sherwood when he was at Villa but the two parties were unable to get a deal over the line.
Adebayor has been keeping himself fit this season despite not having a club and has posted workout videos
Pardew spoke after Saturday’s loss to Adebayor’s former side, Tottenham, about the need to strengthen his attacking options.
He said: ‘There’s seven days from Monday (to sign a new striker), so me and Steve (Parish, Palace’s chairman) are going to look at that very closely and we hope to bring someone in.’
Adebayor has been handed the No 25 shirt but it’s unclear if he’ll be available for Palace’s FA Cup clash with Stoke City.
The 31-year-old has real Premier League experience under his belt and began his career in England at Arsenal before his controversial £25m move to Manchester City.
The striker famously scored against Arsene Wenger’s side at the Etihad Stadium before running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the away fans; provoking an angry reaction.
The star showed off his toned physique in a number of videos and will be good condition to return to football
But his career in Manchester then took him to Real Madrid on loan, where he scored five goals in 14 appearances at the Bernabeu.
Another loan spell away, this time at Tottenham, saw him impress and Andre Villas-Boas then decided to make the temporary move permanent.
But the move turned sour following Villas-Boas’ sacking and he was forced to train with the Under-21 side until Tim Sherwood brought him back.
However, the arrival of Maurico Pochettino saw his days at White Hart Lane numbered and he was released by the club in September 2015.
Source: Daily Mail