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Harry hopeful as Tottenham Hotspur close in on Adebayor

By Paul Hirst

Harry Redknapp is hoping Emmanuel Adebayor will become the latest ex-Arsenal player to move to rivals Tottenham after confirming that negotiations over a loan move for the striker are underway.

Adebayor fell out with City boss Roberto Mancini last season and the Italian made it clear the striker has no future at the club.

Spurs and City have been in negotiations for some time over a deal, with Adebayor's £170,000-a-week wage packet proving to be the only real stumbling block.

Redknapp, who is preparing for tonight’s Europa League clash with Hearts, hopes both clubs can overcome that hurdle as soon as possible, and there is the possibility that the 27-year-old, who spent three and a half years at Arsenal, could turn out for Spurs against Manchester United on Monday.

Redknapp said: “The chairman is talking to Man City about the player but where they (the negotiations) are at, I genuinely don't know. We will wait and see.”

Should Adebayor arrive, the striker, who scored twice as Real Madrid beat Tottenham in the Champions’ League last season, is unlikely to be Redknapp's last summer signing.

He saw his side miss out on a Champions League place last year and fears the same may happen this year if new faces are not added with rivals Liverpool and Manchester City spending big.

“I want to get back in the Champions League but that's going to be difficult because three places are already taken probably. I can see a scrap between ourselves, Arsenal and Liverpool.”

Redknapp again rebuffed talk of Luka Modric leaving for Chelsea.

“I don't know where it's at and (chairman) Daniel (Levy) has said all along that he is not going to sell Luka so that is probably it as far as I know,” Redknapp added.

Despite his team being overwhelming favourites for the game in Edinburgh, Redknapp expects the Scottish Premier League team to pose his side some questions.

He said: “They are not a bad side and it's a difficult stadium to go to. It will be an intimidating place with a full house.”

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