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Crystal Palace Completes Adebayor Signing

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Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor.

The 31-year-old Togo striker was a free agent having been released by Tottenham in September but has agreed a deal at Selhurst Park until the end of the current campaign.

It is understood negotiations between Adebayor’s representatives and Palace began just over a fortnight ago.

The player has been training every day with a personal trainer and passed his medical at the south London club on Tuesday morning.

He will be assessed by the Palace backroom staff on Wednesday and they will establish whether he will be fit enough to feature in the Eagles’ FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Stoke on Saturday. The former Arsenal and Manchester City forward has been handed the number 25 shirt by Palace.

Adebayor has scored 96 goals in 230 Premier League career appearances
Adebayor was close to a move to Aston Villa in the summer but turned down the chance to play under former Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood, and then a deadline-day move to West Ham also broke down.

He was not named in either Tottenham’s Premier League or Europa League squads and, with just a year left on his contract, was released by mutual consent.

Palace manager Alan Pardew confirmed on Friday that he was still hoping to sign “a big player” this month, and said: “We’re after somebody who would fit into our group and give us a lift. It’d be nice to see a big player come in, so we’ll see.”

Palace have not scored in the league since beating Stoke 2-1 on December 19, a run of five Premier League games that includes three successive defeats, and Adebayor has been brought in to help address that profligacy.

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