Emmanuel Adebayor stalled on his Aston Villa transfer because he is still holding out for a switch to West Ham.

The Irons are hopeful a loan deal can be resurrected this month despite the poor relationship between the two clubs and the bitter fall-out from the striker’s aborted deadline day move back in January.

Although West Ham are in the hunt for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez they are still pursuing other options as the Reds have so far been insistent that the Mexican will not be sold.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that Adebayor, in the final year of his contract, has no future at Tottenham.

But the Togolese wants to remain in the capital and is hoping Levy would rather stomach a move for him to Upton Park than continue to paying him for another 11 months.

He had been expected to join Villa on loan last month after agreeing terms with Midlands club. He had travelled to Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground and held talks with boss Tim Sherwood, under whom he worked at Spurs.

But while there were no problems with money, as Villa were able to meet Adebayor’s £100,000-a-week wage demands, the club moved on to other targets after he kept them waiting.

And, after the match-winning debut of £6million signing Rudy Gestede, it is unlikely Adebayor would be guaranteed a starting place at Villa.