Source: Evening Standard
Emmanuel Adebayor is keen to reach an agreement to stay at Tottenham but the club would have to break their current wage limit in order to sign him permanently from Manchester City.
The former Arsenal striker has just 13 Premier League games remaining of his season-long loan spell - the first of which is the derby against his old club at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
At present, about £105,000 of Adebayor's £175,000-a-week wage is paid by City, as Tottenham's top earners collect about £70,000 a week, although that ceiling is likely to be raised if the club qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three seasons.
Adebayor has one year left on his contract in Manchester and Standard Sport understands his preference would be to remain in the capital.
The Togo striker feels settled in north London, where he lives with his wife and young daughter, and the prospect of playing in Europe's major club
competition - in which he represented Real Madrid during a loan last season - is appealing. After spells in Manchester and Madrid, it is thought Adebayor would prefer to remain in London than have to move again to another city.
Adebayor has also been heartened by the welcome he has received from Tottenham fans, despite his past with Arsenal. Harry Redknapp was the principal figure in persuading Adebayor to move to White Hart Lane last summer and with the Tottenham boss the favourite to become the next England manager, the squad are following the club's moves with interest.
There is willingness, therefore, on the part of Adebayor's advisors and Spurs to negotiate and discussions have taken place. Spurs would not match the salary Adebayor commands but a compromise could suit both sides.
Adebayor has been a key figure for Redknapp's side this season. His ability to make and take chances have made Spurs a serious threat in attack and the club will need a forward with the 27-year-old's qualities for their probable second Champions League campaign next season.
Napoli forward Edinson Cavani is another target but would cost about £27m. Adebayor's contractual position means he could be secured for less. He will be keen to add to his 10 goals this term at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. A knee problem kept him out of the 0-0 draw at Stevenage in the FA Cup fifth round but Adebayor trained on Tuesday and yesterday.
Luka Modric is also winning his battle for fitness after flu kept him out of the Stevenage game.