“I think there have been discussions between ourselves and Arsenal but as is my usual response to questions about players we haven’t yet signed, it’s not really the right time or place to discuss it,” said Hughes.

“Yes, there has been contact. There is a deal to be done, possibly. But it’s not been concluded as we speak here. Until that actually happens it’s not really the time or the place.

“There may well be opportunities that present themselves. Obviously there are areas of the team we’d still like to strengthen.

Those were Mark Hughes’ words of confirmation minutes ago that he has indeed began pursuit of Arsenal’s striker.

The outcome of yesterday’s discussion between both parties will certainly be announced soon, with Adebayor likely to make agreement for an Arsenal departure.

City’s boss made the statement during the press conference in which new signing Carlos Tevez was unveiled.

The Eastlands club have reportedly forced Arsenal’s hand with a whopping £25 million bid while Adebayor and his agent could well nod their heads to the £150,000-a-week wage offer at stake.

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