Mid-Day Ticker: Spurs sign Adebayor, De Rossi stays put at Roma and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Spurs sign Adebayor, De Rossi stays put at Roma and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Spurs sign Adebayor, De Rossi stays put at Roma and more

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Emmanuel Adebayor is returning to White Hart Lane to inject some much-needed life into Tottenham's attack.

Adebayor, who scored 17 goals last season while on loan with Tottenham from Manchester City, has completed a permanent transfer to the club after a drawn-out transfer saga has finally concluded with his departure from Etihad Stadium for a reported £5 million fee.

"It may have taken longer than expected, but I am delighted to be back at Tottenham Hotspur," Adebayor said in a statement on the club's website. "I really enjoyed my time here last season, and I am hoping we can achieve great things together again."

Spurs have been in desperate need of striker support for the oft-injured Jermain Defoe, and Adebayor should be able to supply that and more. He was the club's leading scorer a season ago and was tied for fourth among Premier League goal scorers with Clint Dempsey and Yakubu, trailing only Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero. 

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:

DE ROSSI STAYS AT ROMA

Daniele De Rossi will not be joining Manchester City. 

De Rossi confirmed that he will be remaining at AS Roma, where he will team with Michael Bradley in the club's midfield, despite rampant speculation that he was headed to the Premier League champions.

"I'm staying," De Rossi told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. "I never asked to leave. One club, the one you all know, made an inquiry, One or two others, but that was just talk. What I can promise everyone is that the day I want to leave Roma, whether it is to win the Champions League or make more money, I will say so in public."

QPR BID FOR SPURS' DAWSON

Queens Park Rangers' defense was torched in the season-opening loss to Swansea City, and as a result, coach Mark Hughes is in search of reinforcements before the transfer window closes.

According to Sky Sports, QPR have made a £5.5 million bid for Tottenham centerback Michael Dawson, who has fallen out of favor at White Hart Lane behind the likes of William Gallas, Younes Kaboul and new signing Jan Vertonghen. Dawson did not make the team sheet for the season-opening loss to Newcastle and is a good bet to head elsewhere prior to the closing of the transfer window.

MALTA PLAYER BANNED 10 YEARS

Malta international Kevin Sammut has been banned for 10 years for being found guilty of fixing a Euro 2008 qualifying match. 

The match in question was a 2007 contest between Malta and Norway, which was won by Norway 4-0. Two of Sammut's teammates were acquitted of wrongdoing, but the 31-year-old Sammut, who played for a Maltese club that qualified for the UEFA Champions League preliminary rounds, is prohibited from any professional activity until 2022. It was not disclosed exactly what Sammut did to help arrange the fix.

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What do you think the signing of Adebayor means for Tottenham's chances this season? Did you think it ever made sense for De Rossi to sign with Manchester City? Surprised that Dawson has fallen so low on the depth chart at Tottenham? Do you think that bid would be a steal for QPR if accepted? What do you think of the fact that a Euro qualifying match was marred with fixing?

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