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Adebayor Makes Permanent Spurs Move, Henriquez to Join United

August 21, 2012

Tottenham Hotspur completed the permanent signing of Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor as Manchester United acquired its second Dutch player in a week and got permission to sign Chilean teenager Angelo Henriquez.

Adebayor, 28, spent last season on loan with Spurs and led the Premier League soccer club with 18 goals in 37 appearances. He scored 15 goals in 34 games for City after joining from Arsenal in 2009.

“I’m pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis,” Adebayor said on Tottenham’s website yesterday. “It may have taken longer than expected but I’m delighted to be back.”

Spurs will pay City about 5 million pounds ($7.8 million) for the 2008 African Footballer of the Year and the Togolese forward will receive a 4 million-pound signing-on fee as well as a payoff from City, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Adebayor, who joins Jermain Defoe as the only senior strikers on Tottenham’s roster, has 99 goals in 224 games since joining the Premier League with Arsenal in 2006. He also spent the second half of the 2010-11 season on loan at Real Madrid.

Spurs said they reached an agreement with Norwich City yesterday for the transfer of Cameroon international defender Sebastien Bassong. Norwich said Bassong, 26, joined on a three- year contract for an undisclosed transfer fee.

Tottenham also agreed to sell central defender Michael Dawson to Queens Park Rangers for an initial fee of 7.5 million pounds, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported. The England defender, who is yet to have a physical exam at QPR, agreed to the move in principle after being told he would be third-choice center-back at Spurs this season, the BBC added.

‘Exciting Options’

Manchester United signed left back Alexander Buttner from Vitesse Arnhem on a five-year contract yesterday. Buttner, 23, was part of the Netherlands’ preliminary squad for Euro 2012 and follows countryman Robin van Persie to United after the striker signed from Arsenal on Aug. 17.

“Alexander is one of the best young left backs in Europe,” United manager Alex Ferguson said on his club’s website “He’s someone we’ve been watching for a while now. He gives us some really exciting options in that position.”

United said in a later statement that Henriquez, 18, has been granted a work permit that will enable the striker to complete his transfer to the Red Devils.

Henriquez, who underwent a physical exam last week, will play his final game for Universidad de Chile against Santos today and a further announcement on his move to Old Trafford will be made in due course, United added.

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