Emmanuel Adebayor has had his Tottenham contract cancelled by mutual consent, the north London club have confirmed.
Adebayor failed to reach an agreement with either Aston Villa or West Ham to secure a move away from White Hart Lane during the transfer window, but Mauricio Pochettino had made it clear the Togo international would never play for Spurs again despite his failure to land a new central striker.
Adebayor was not even given a squad number, was not named in the squads for either the Premier League or Europe League, and had been training with the club’s Under-21 squad away from the first team.
There is now reported to be interest in the 31-year-old from the Middle East.
“We wish Emmanuel well for the future,” read a statement from Tottenham, who have not disclosed the terms of the termination agreement.
Adebayor, who joined Spurs from Manchester City for £5million in 2012, had a year to run on his contract and had been seeking a £5million pay-off to end it early.
Speaking before the news was confirmed, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood said he would have signed Adebayor “in a heartbeat”.
“I would not hesitate. If he had the desire to want to come and play football again, I would have taken him in a heartbeat,” Sherwood said.
“We still have to respect his decision, whatever he makes. It’s his – I can’t influence it.
“Am I disappointed? I’m disappointed for him because he’s not going to play. He’s too good a talent – I’ve seen that first hand – to not play any football, but unfortunately I don’t think there’s any window open for him now.
“If he wanted to play in Qatar he would have gone there a long time ago. It’s hard to say. I was going to say he’s not in it for the money but, genuinely, he wants to play at the top level.
“It’s not financial. It’s easy to say that when you’re on his money, but he would genuinely play for nothing. It’s not his fault he’s not part of their plans.”