It’s common knowledge that Spurs didn’t like the idea of giving us a striker and strengthening our continuous improvement.

Tottenham see us a threat, there’s no doubting that, so perhaps you can’t blame Daniel Levy from not being keen on giving us Emmanuel Adebayor on deadline day a few weeks ago.

He’s by no means the payer to fire us in to the top four, but he would’ve scored goals for us as we try and establish ourselves in the top eight of the Premier League this season.

And with a big clash against Spurs coming up this Sunday, it was obvious Sam Allardyce was going to be asked about that last ditch attempt to bring Adebayor to Upton Park.

We were at his pre-match press conference yesterday. Here’s what he had to say on the matter.

“If you look at the impact he has made at every club he has gone to, he scores goals.

“He scores on a regular basis. He is obviously one of those players where you say ‘how do I react with him’ and the basis of that is how well he plays.

“We would say we want the best out of you so go out and score goals. Any player with the ability he has got is my kind of player, despite a few blips, but you deal with that.

“I never think I have got any player until they are at the training ground and signing the contract, but it looked a really good possibility.

“I was keeping my fingers and toes crossed.”

So it’s obvious Allardyce thinks highly of Adebayor and saw him as a worthwhile replacement for the always-injured Andy Carroll.

But that doesn’t mean to say he’s lost faith in the club’s current strike force, as well as new signing Nene.

“Carlton Cole, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Nene will have to do the business so Andy is not missed too much,” he added.

“It is my responsibility to get them scoring goals and in the mood, then start winning games again.

“If you are in the transfer window and quality player becomes available you get him, but there was such a short time-frame it wasn’t possible.

“We hope Nene can have a big impact with his reputation.”