Transfer gossip: West Ham, Watford and Sheffield United interested in signing former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor

22 Jun

West Ham, Watford and Sheffield United are reportedly interested in giving Emmanuel Adebayor a Premier League lifeline.

The 35-year-old has not played in England’s top-flight since being released by Crystal Palace in 2016.

Emmanuel Adebayor could play for his fifth Premier League club next season
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He is a free agent after leaving Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir by mutual consent on Thursday.

Adebayor has enjoyed prolific spells with Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham over the years.

And according to The Sun, West Ham, Watford and Sheffield United are keeping tabs on the striker.

Celtic are also believed to be keen on Adebayor, who has not completed 90 minutes of football since January.

West Ham are looking to replace departing striker Andy Carroll, while Sheffield United could opt for experience in their first season back in the Premier League.

Adebayor scored just three goals for Istanbul Basaksehir as the club finished two points behind Super Lig champions Galatasaray.

It is understood that the Togo international wants to play in London, which would put West Ham in the driving seat for his signature.

Istanbul Basaksehir: The Turkish Super Lig table-toppers littered with former Premier League stars, including Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Robinho

1 Mar

Ahead of this weekend’s north London derby, talkSPORT.com remembers Emmanuel Adebayor.

A player who made the headlines for good reasons and bad during his 11-year stay in England’s top flight.

Adebayor made the headlines for good reasons and bad during his stay in England

Adebayor is a despised figure among Arsenal supporters for his emotional and costly goal celebration in 2009.

But in his prime he was a lethal striker – and his record of eight goals in north London derbies has only recently been matched by Harry Kane.

The Togolese is now plying his trade in Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir and he could be about to fire his side to their first Super Lig trophy.

Turkey has made its name as a bit of a retirement destination for former Premier League stars – and Adebayor’s side are no different.

talkSPORT.com has explored their squad and has found the side is littered with ex-Prem players. But who are they?


Emmanuel Adebayor

The former played in the Premier League for Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester City and most recently Crystal Palace.

As a City player he once celebrated scoring against his former club Arsenal by running the length of the pitch and knee sliding in front of their support.

Adebayor in action for Basaksehir

He made the unlikely move to Crystal Palace in 2016 and scored one goal in 12 appearances for the Eagles.

Now, he leads the line for Basaksehir and he has scored two goals in 13 appearances.

His overall record for the club is better, however, with 23 goals in 53 league appearances.

Gael Clichy

The right-back spent 14 years in the English top flight with Arsenal and then Manchester City.

Clichy now plays in Turkey

He made his name as one of the finest full-backs in the land with the Gunners and later made a £7million transfer to Manchester.

Now, he has been a solid outlet on the left-side of defence in his side’s impressive league campaign – netting once in 17 matches.

Emre Belozoglu

The Turk moved to Newcastle in 2005 and spent three seasons with the Magpies.

He appeared 58 times and once scored the winner in the Tyne-Wear derby.

Ultimately his career at Newcastle was hampered significantly by injury.

Emre has scored 14 times for the Super Lig side

Ten years on and two clubs later Emre moved to Istanbul Basaksehir – and the captain has scored 14 goals in 108 appearances in his four year stint with the club.

Eljero Elia

The Dutch winger moved to Southampton on loan in January for the rest of the 2014/15 season.

He made a good impression for the Saints and made clear his desire to sign permanently after scoring a brace against Newcastle.

Elia has made 13 appearances for Basaksehir this term

However, a deal never went through and he moved onto Feyenoord the following season.

This season he has one goal in 13 appearances for Basaksehir.

Demba Ba

The striker started his Premier League career with West Ham after moving from Hoffenheim in January and finished as their top scorer despite only playing for half the season.

He then became one of the best strikers in England at Newcastle United – scoring 29 goals in 54 appearances and earning a move to Chelsea.

Ba in action for Chelsea

For the Blues he scored some crucial goals but will be remembered mostly for scoring the goal after Steven Gerrard slipped to lose Liverpool the title.

Ba moved to Istanbul in January and has scored two goals in his opening four appearances for the league leaders.

Gokhan Inler

The Swiss midfielder was a rock in the Napoli midfield from 2011-2015 and moved to Leicester for their title-winning campaign.

He only made five appearances for the Foxes but that was enough to earn him a Premier League medal.

Inler has one goal in 27 appearances for the Turkish club

He struggled to break into the line-up due to the good form of N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater and he moved onto Besiktas the following season.

After a year with Besiktas, Inler signed for the Turkish club and has one goal in 27 appearances.

Robinho

The Brazilian completed a stunning £32million deadline day transfer to Manchester City which would see them smash their club record fee for a player.

He enjoyed a good first season in the Premier League, notching up 14 goals and finishing as City’s top goalscorer.

Robinho playing for Manchester City

However, his second season was disastrous and he left the club to return to his former club Santos in Brazil.

On January 1st, despite being found guilty of sexual assault of an Albanian woman in 2013, Robinho signed for Istanbul Basaksehir and he has scored once in his two appearances this season.

Istanbul Basaksehir 0-0 Burnley: Sean Dyche’s men play out dull draw against Turkish side

9 Aug

Burnley marked their long-awaited trip to the continent after holding Istanbul Basaksehir to a goalless draw as Joe Hart managed to keep a clean sheet on his Clarets debut.

After getting past Aberdeen in the second qualifying round, Burnley were making their first trip overseas in 51 years and secured a stalemate at the Fatih Terim Stadium.

England international Hart made a couple of decent stops just 48 hours after signing from Manchester City but it was a low-quality contest that leaves the tie in the balance ahead of next week’s second leg at Turf Moor.

With an eye on Sunday’s Premier League opener at Southampton, Dyche made six changes from the side which edged Aberdeen, with the likes of Phil Bardsley, Charlie Taylor and Jon Walters all involved.

His side were slow to find their feet in the first half, at times literally as a series of players slipped on the pitch.

Basaksehir’s Eljero Elia came closer than anyone to making an early breakthrough but scuffed his shot at the crucial moment.

Emre, the 37-year-old former Newcastle playmaker, was directing much of the play but Burnley’s established defensive pairing of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski were letting little escape their attention as £15million signing Ben Gibson looked on from the bench.

The pair also combined in the final third as the visitors made a rare foray upfield, Mee nodding down a hanging free-kick and Tarkowski hesitating over a shot he might have addressed more instinctively.

Hart’s first notable save for his new club came on the half-hour, responding well after Junior Caicara evaded Taylor and aimed low at the near post.

There was time for a second before the break, tipping over the crossbar after Manuel da Costa steered a corner goalwards.

The stalemate continued in a scrappy start to the second period, Jeff Hendrick closed down by goalkeeper Mert Gunok when one more cutback would have given Ashley Barnes a simple shot.

On the hour Basaksehir substitute Milos Jojic went close with his first touch, getting away from his man and seemingly beating Hart only to see his effort crash into the side-netting.

Wales striker Sam Vokes was sent on to offer another option up front but when Hart was booked for time wasting it seemed clear Dyche’s men were settling for what they had.

The hosts failed to create any more havoc in the closing stages, meaning everything remains up for grabs.