Premier League Aston Villa are prepared to solve their injury crisis by signing Togolese international Emmanuel Adebayor in the January transfer window.
Villa who are currently in 17th place on the Premier League table are facing an injury crisis after striker Wesley and keeper Tom Heaton were ruled out for the rest of the season with knee injuries. The Brazilian striker, who has scored six goals in 22 appearances for Villa, suffered the injury against Burnley on New Year’s Day.
Dean Smith’s side have spent more than £100million in the summer transfer window, and will not be able to spend big again this season in order to not run foul of the Financial Fair Play regulations. And Adebayor, who is a free agent after leaving Turkish side Kayserispor last year December, is seen as a striker who can rescue the side.
The former Arsenal and Tottenham has spent the last four years outside of the Premier League, playing in Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir before moving to Kayserispor.
According to The Sun, Villa have identified Adebayor as a potential arrival in January in order to solve the injury woes in the club. The report added that the club will have to take a gamble on him as a cheap option, which will afford them to also sign another forward in a loan or small cash deal beofre the transfer window closes.
The paper also claim the Villa are targeting former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge who now plays for Trabzonspor. Although the club is concerned about his fitness and wage demands. The club is also looking at Fulahma striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen but funds for the two will be a major problem for Villa.
The Midlands are also in need of a keeper after Heatonj is ruled out of the season and Joe Hart and Jack Butland are targets, but finance may hinder the deal.
Speaking on the club’s plan in the January transfer window, Villa manager Smith said: “We’ve got business planned, that’ll continue.
“I’m sitting down tonight with Christian and Jesus to see what this changes for us.
“It’ll hasten what we do in the market. The recruitment side won’t change from what we were looking at before.
“They’re out for the rest of the season and it’s all I need to know so I can start planning.
“We’re in January now so recruitment comes to the forefront of everyone’s mind anyway but me knowing I don’t have them for the rest of the season I can plan.”