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Transfer talk: July 13 - Adebayor move is on, Borini set for Liverpool

The National's daily guide to the latest news, moves and transfer deals taking place this summer. 

Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to sign for Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend following a successful loan spell there.
Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to sign for Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend following a successful loan spell there.

Emmanuel Adebayor, who spent last season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, will move to the London club permanently after Spurs and Manchester City agreed a deal for the striker, according to reports yesterday.

The 28-year-old Togo international enjoyed a successful season at White Hart Lane, scoring 17 Premier League goals as Spurs finished fourth in the table.

Spurs new boss Andre Villas-Boas has welcomed the move which follows the signings of Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim and Jan Vertonghen, the Belgium international from Ajax Amsterdam.

Subject to personal terms being finalised, the deal is expected to be concluded over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Shinji Kagawa is confident he has the mental strength to cope with the attention of being Japan's first Manchester United player.

Kagawa attended his first United media event at Old Trafford yesterday when it quickly became obvious what an attraction he is going to be.

The amount of Japanese media in attendance dwarfed the number of Korean counterparts who used to follow Park Ji-sung around during his time at Old Trafford.

Those numbers will swell still further once the new Premier League campaign starts in August.

But the £17 million (Dh96.3m) midfielder, signed from Borussia Dortmund, does not view it as a problem.

"I definitely feel the attention of the media globally now I am a member of a great squad like Manchester United," said Kagawa, who has pledged to learn the language quickly.

"Everything here at the club shows me I have come somewhere really big.

"But I think I can take the pressure. I am pretty confident I can adapt to the style of the Premier League."

Elsewhere, Liverpool have agreed a fee with Roma for striker Fabio Borini and the player has arrived on Merseyside to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.

The 21-year-old has previously worked with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers first at Chelsea and then when he went on loan to Swansea in the 2010/11 season.

Borini has now arrived at the club's Melwood training ground to have his medical,according to reports, and the deal should be completed, barring any hitches, in the next couple of days.

Borini's fee has not been disclosed but it is not believed to be as high as the £12m being reported in some quarters.

Meanwhile, Alberto Aquilani's agent insists his client will remain at Liverpool for the coming season.

The Italian midfielder has two years remaining on his contract with the club but has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield this summer.

Aquilani spent last season on loan at AC Milan but the Rossoneri turned down their option to buy Aquilani last month.

"Aquilani will remain at Liverpool," his agent Franco Zavaglia said to www.calcionews24.com. "He has a contract and hence there is nothing new.

"I would say that at this point the chances that he could go back to Milan are impossible.

"Other clubs? I reiterate, he will remain at Liverpool."

Aquilani has played just 28 matches for Liverpool since he joined the Premier League club from Roma in August 2009.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is remaining patient as he attempts to strengthen his squad in the summer transfer market.

The Black Cats returned to training earlier this week with only one new face, that of former Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar, among their ranks.

That situation is unlikely to change markedly before they head for the Peace Cup in Korea next week, although O'Neill is confident of movement once they return.

He told The Journal: "When we come back from South Korea, I would expect the situation to change.

"We are obviously in the market to try to strengthen our team, of course. I think that's pretty obvious - all football clubs will be trying to do that.

"But for us, it would be nice to add a couple of fresh faces - not just for the sake of it, but to improve the quality of the squad, which is what we are trying to do."

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