Tottenham hotspurs chief Daniel Levy stepped in to stop striker Emmanuel Adebayor leaving the London Club for West ham on transfer deadline day.
The Spurs chairman refused West Ham’s bid to seal the loan deal after the 30-year-old Togo striker had agreed terms.
Tottenham were open to allowing him to leave during the transfer window and were prepared to subsidise more than half of his £100,000-a-week wages.
But they refused to extend those terms to West Ham, because they deemed them direct rivals.
Senior officials from both clubs were in talks until 23:00 GMT on Monday.
West Ham co-chairman David Gold apologised to fans after deals fell through having raised hopes of additions.
“Don’t go to bed. DG,” tweeted Gold during Monday evening.
But after the deadline passed without any new recruits, he added: “Sorry for keeping you up late but at the last moment the main deal collapsed and the rest folded like a pack of cards.”
QPR also made an enquiry for Adebayor, who was not willing to join the Loftus Road club and will now attempt to force his way back into manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans
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