Lyon set to sign former Arsenal and Spurs striker Adebayor

Rob Conlon
Emmanuel Adebayor: Striker set for Ligue Un switch

Emmanuel Adebayor: Striker set for Ligue Un switch

Lyon boss Bruno Genesio has confirmed the French outfit are close to signing Emmanuel Adebayor on a free transfer.

Genesio is seeking attacking reinforcements after an injury to Alexandre Lacazette, and on Thursday used their ‘joker’ transfer to sign teenager Jean-Philippe Mateta from Championnat National side Chateauroux.

But while the 19-year-old could soon be involved in the first-team picture, Genesio also wants more experienced cover and Adebayor has travelled to Lyon to finalise a deal.

“He has arrived in Lyon and I’ll meet him after this press conference,” said Genesio as he spoke ahead of Sunday’s match away to rivals Marseille.

“I have many things to ask him, including about his last experience with Crystal Palace. I want to know about his form and his motivations for wanting to join us. I also need to know more about his physical level.

“It will not be an interview but a conversation to get a real idea of the player and the man. It’s very important to me.”

Genesio admitted the 32-year-old Adebayor might have seemed like an unlikely signing for the club, but insisted that although circumstances were forcing them to act they would not take on players who did not fit the group.

“The transfer window is over and there are players who are free agents for different reasons,” he said. “We can always review our choices in a negative way but the final decision will be taken for the good of the team. When signing a player there is always an element of doubt. We cannot be certain if the player will adapt, even more so in an emergency. It is up to us to remove these doubts.

“After we have spoken to him we will see if he can take his medical.”

Formerly of Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham, Adebayor signed for Palace in January, but scored only once in seven league appearances before leaving the club in the summer.