By Will Butcher

Tottenham have made contact over the possibility of 32-year-old forward Emmanuel Adebayor returning to White Hart Lane, according to a report.

The Togo international is a free agent after being released from a short-term deal with London rivals Crystal Palace, and manager Mauricio Pochettino could be looking to bring in Adebayor as back up for Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen.

Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claim that the former Arsenal and Manchester City star has been contacted and could join Spurs on a pay-as-you-play deal.

A move for Adebayor would be sensational, albeit unlikely, after Pochettino refused to give the striker a shirt number or a place in his 25-man Premier League squad at the start of last season.

The two parties split company just over a year ago, after it was made clear that Adebayor would not be making an appearance for Spurs in the 2015/16 season.

Pochettino was quoted by The Mail as saying, “‘I was clear with him and I don’t need to explain much more, I think it is clear he is not in my idea, in my mind or in the plans for the future of Tottenham.”

The striker was originally brought to the Premier League by Arsene Wenger in 2006 from Ligue 1 giants Monaco in an £8.5million deal.

He spent three years with the Gunners, scoring 62 goals in 142 games, before his £24.5million move to Manchester City in 2009.

The striker failed to recreate the same sort of form at his future clubs, although he did spend three years at Spurs where he scored 42 goals in 113 games.

Tottenham’s next Premier League game is away against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on September 10.

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