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25 Jan 2011 14:29:30

Emmanuel Adebayor heading for Real Madrid - The Insider

Simon Jones is Sportsmail's man on the inside of all the major transfer moves this January. His column, published every weekday, offers an insight into the deals which will be done and those that won't - and why. A 5/5-rating means The Insider reckons it's a done deal; 0/5 means The Insider has his mortgage on it not happening. Don't miss your daily Insider instalment here.  EMMANUEL ADEBAYORManchester City to Real MadridTHE INSIDER says: 4/5 PATRICE EVRAManchester United to Real MadridTHE INSIDER says: 3/5 It is the deal that Jose Mourinho has wanted and now he looks to have won his battle with the Real Madrid hierarchy he hopes they can conclude business. Adebayor has been courted by many clubs this window but the figures for the 26-year-old have made negotiations difficult. Tottenham, Liverpool, Fulham and Everton all showed interest but City did not want to do any of the Premier League rivals any favours and their owner insisted that if the Togo international was to go clubs had to pay up. Monaco came close to agreeing a £9million transfer and £100,000 a week tax free but ultimately the deal didn't fit Adebayor. He held out for Madrid and they will today look to agree a loan deal until the end of the season with a permanent in the summer. Ruud van Nistelrooy will not be happy. The France international won't be leaving in January but looks increasingly likely to be off in the summer with United already doing the groundwork to find a replacement. As Sportsmail revealed last month Fabio Coentrao of Benfica is at the top of their wishlist with Newcastle's Jose Enrique and Lyon's Michel Bastos also figuring. Evra's agent admitted that Rafa Benitez wanted the Frenchman last summer to join him at Inter Milan and that interest remains with Monaco and Barcelona also keen. However, it is Real who are favourites to land him in July as they seek a replacement for Marcelo and Evra's agent Federico Pastorello confirmed that a departure from Old Trafford is a distinct possibility. He is out of contract next year and is ready for a new challenge.  CURTIS DAVIESAston Villa to LeicesterTHE INSIDER says: 3/5 NIKO KRANJCARTottenham to LiverpoolTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 There has been plenty of interest in Davies this window with Celtic extremely keen to sign the 25-year-old defender. However, the fact that he had a spell on loan at Leicester and played two games for Villa, in the Europa League qualifiers and Carling Cup, has scuppered any chance of a move to Parkhead on the three-club rule. Birmingham and Wolves had also shown interest while a move to Blackburn was mentioned as part of a prospective deal for Chris Samba. Now however, talks are back on with ambitious Leicester who are keen to break into the promotion places. They are also in talks with Chelsea's Patrick Van Aanholt, who was a possible makeweight in the David Luiz transfer, and are giving a trial to Honduras defender Erick Norales. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has reluctantly agreed to let the Croatian go and there is plenty of interest. Liverpool are concentrating on bringing in Luis Suarez and Charlie Adam but still have irons in the fire for a few other players. Kranjcar is one of those options. They held informal discussions earlier this season to make Kranjcar's camp aware that they were interested and that resulted in his father telling the Croatian media that there was an offer from Liverpool. Everton are also fans of Kranjcar and would love to bring him to Goodison Park but they have next to no money and need a striker first. There is a possibility that, as Tottenham push for Phil Neville, a Kranjcar deal could be done but David Moyes doesn't want to lose more of his better players and risk a relegation battle. Don't miss your daily instalment of The Insider every weekday through the transfer window here at MailOnline. Club-by-club guide to every Premier League transfer deal during JanuaryWatch all the Premier League goals every week on our brilliant video player  Explore more:People: David Moyes, Harry Redknapp, Simon Jones, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Phil Neville, Patrice Evra, Emmanuel Adebayor, Charlie Adam, Niko Kranjcar Places: Barcelona, Liverpool, Madrid, Newcastle, Fulham, Monaco, Lyon, Birmingham, Monaco, Honduras, France


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