Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits William Gallas had a big say in Emmanuel Adebayor's arrival.

Manchester City are still responsible for the greater part of his £160,000 a week wages; Redknapp is responsible for encouraging Adebayor to become the player he had been for a time at Arsenal, where he was, briefly, an amalgam of a physical tormentor of defences and a dependable goal scorer.

"I asked William Gallas about him, who came to us from Arsenal, of course, and he told me was a fantastic player," Redknapp told the Mail on Sunday. "Gallas won our fans over - he was close to being player of the year last season - and this is a great chance for Adebayor.

"At Wolves last week, he held the ball up, brought people into play, scored, and looked a real handful. He's got to prove that just because it didn't work out for him at Manchester City, he's still a top drawer striker. It's great chance for him - and a no-brainer for me to take him on loan.

"If he doesn't do any good, then the Spurs crowd won't like him. But if he does great - and I think he'll do very well for us - then they'll love him. That's football, isn't it."

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