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Official: Togo striker Adebayor completes move to Crystal Palace

Emmanuel Adebayor joining Palace

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English Premier League side Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a free transfer until the end of the season.

In an attempt to find a solution for their attacking crisis, Palace have decided to sign the former BBC African Footballer of the Year winner. The 31-year-old striker joined the Eagles after Tottenham Hotspur had ended his contract with the club last September. The former Togo international is believed to still be paid by Spurs till the next summer.

Adebayor, who has 96 Premier League goals in 230 appearances, has an eye on Didier Drogba’s African record of 104 goals scored in England’s top flight.

“What I have achieved in football so far, I’m quite happy with,” he told the club’s official website.

“Togo has been Togo for how many years? And I am the only one to have the chance to play in the Premier League and score that amount of goals, so I am already blessed with that.

“If I can beat the record it would be the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my career, if not I will still be happy. The most important thing as a striker will be to score goals.”

Adebayor started his professional career in the French side FC Metz in 2001. In 2003, Adebayor’s performances with Metz in Ligue 2 earned him a transfer to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. He was a part of Monaco’s team that reached the final of 2004 Champions League before losing to FC Porto, featuring nine times for the French side in the European campaign.

On 16 January 2006, Arsenal announced the signing of Togo frontman, where he played for four seasons, scoring 62 goals for the North London side. Adebayor was second joint top scorer for the 2007/2008 English Premier League campaign scoring 24 goals. For his performances with Arsenal, Adebayor was awarded the African Footballer of the Year over Egypt’s African Cup of Nations winner Mohamed Abou-Treika.

In July 2009, Adebayor was signed by Manchester City for £25 million. Failing to inspire in Manchester, Adebayor was loaned to Real Madrid 18 months later and helped the Spanish giants win the 2011 Copa Del Rey.

In 2011, Adebayor returned back to London joining Tottenham Hotspur on loan, he was then signed permanently the following season. In total, he scored 41 goals in four seasons at White Hart Lane, but in 2015 he became a free agent after he had been released from his contract.

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