It means the club now have to spread their shoestring transfer budget across two key positions — and consider free transfers or loans to bolster their squad, says The Sun.
Adebayor's camp know this — and have spotted what they believe is an unlikely opportunity for him to return to the Premier League at a late stage in his career.
The Togolese frontman, 36 next month, is a free agent after leaving Turkish side Kayserispor last month, meaning he would be available to come in immediately without a fee.
His advisers hope that fact — and his Premier League experience — might be enough for Villa to take a gamble on him as a cheap option, allowing them to also target another forward in a loan or small cash deal in the transfer window.
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