West Ham United have been linked with a shock move for Emmanuel Adebayor, according to a report published by The Sun. 

The Hammers need to sign a few strikers this summer. They have parted ways with Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez, while the futures of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic remain uncertain.

The East Londoners have been linked with moves for a number of new number nines, but West Ham signing Adebayor certainly would raise a few eyebrows.

The veteran has vast experience playing in the Premier League having previously turned out for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.

He last played in England’s top flight in 2016 during a loan spell with Palace. His time with the Eagles was less than successful as he went on to score just one goal from 12 Premier League games.

The 35-year-old is currently a free agent after having left Turkish club Basaksehir by mutual consent and he is reportedly open to returning to England.

However, West Ham need to realise that by signing Adebayor, they will not be getting the player that he was about ten years ago. The African may not even be able to compete in full games though he could still perhaps make an impact off the Hammers bench.

West Ham should ideally move for younger players who are capable of improving at the club. They should only move for the Togo international as a last resort.