Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp insists that Emmanuel Adebayor will have to take a pay cut if he wants to join the north London club on a permanent basis.
The 27-year-old is on a season-long loan deal with Spurs, having been unable to secure regular first-team football at the Etihad Stadium last term, eventually being loaned to Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid.
Now back in the Premier League, ex-Arsenal striker Adebayor has already scored three goals in four appearances for Spurs, and Redknapp admits he is interested in holding on to the Togolese forward. But he is firm in his opinion that the striker would have to put his career before cash if he wants to make a permanent move to White Hart Lane.
"If Emmanuel maintains his current form I would love to keep him.
"But his wages are going to be a major stumbling block, that’s for sure.
"I have no idea how much we are paying towards his wages at the moment as the chairman [Daniel Levy] deals with those issues but I suspect they are massively subsidised by City.
"The only way we can realistically get a deal done is if Emmanuel is prepared to take a substantial pay-cut and put his football before money."