Adebayor is out of favour at Manchester City but his ?170,000-a-week wages were preventing a move to White Hart Lane.
Swap shop: City could exchange misfit striker Emmanuel Adebayor for Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon
Even a loan move was proving too expensive for Spurs but, according to the Daily Mirror, Redknapp could get his man if he lets England winger Lennon leave for the Etihad Stadium.
City manager Roberto Mancini is keen to sign a wide player and turned his attention to Lennon as Arsenal managerArsene Wenger remains reluctant to part with Samir Nasri.
Out in the cold: Emmanuel Adebayor is training with Manchester City reserves
City and Spurs are looking at ways a deal can be done and Mancini wants the situation wrapped up sooner rather than later as the Italian is not finished in the summer transfer market.
Adebayor, who arrived at City in 2009 after two and a half years with the Gunners, enjoyed a loan spell at Real Madrid last season and would welcome a return to the Bernabeu.
Wide boy: Aaron Lennon (centre) has caught the attention of Roberto Mancini
But the Spanish giants distanced themselves from the 27-year-old this week as manager Jose Mourinho has other targets in his sights.
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