AVB attempts to secure Adebayor this week
Villas-Boas admitted he is a striker short after his first game in charge of Tottenham ended in defeat at Newcastle.
A fee for the 28-year-old Togo striker, who scored 18 goals on loan at White Hart Lane last season, has been agreed and the former Arsenal forward is close to agreeing a wage cut after accepting that his City career is over.
Villas-Boas, frustrated at the opening day defeat after Spurs hit the woodwork twice, pledged to spend quickly with the surprise first-day tormentors of Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, visiting White Hart Lane on Saturday.
He said: ‘We are trying to conclude deals in the transfer market. It has been stalled for quite some time for most European teams. It is not through lack of trying that we have not signed more players. We are still looking to further strengthen our squad and will continue that this week.’
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who may have expected Tottenham to make an offer for Demba Ba when the Senegal forward’s £7m release clause was still open, is predicting the north London club will strengthen sooner rather than later.
‘I think it would be fair to say that Adebayor is a big miss for them,’ said Pardew.
‘He caused us a lot of problems last year and I think they will do a lot of business between now and September 1. There’s more to come from Tottenham.’
Villas-Boas has assured Jermain Defoe that he has a future at White Hart Lane, despite interest from Sunderland and Aston Villa and the impending arrival of Adebayor.
The 29-year-old scored 11 goals in 25 appearances last season but his starts were limited by the impact Adebayor made playing as a lone striker.
Defoe followed his spectacular midweek winner for England against Italy with an instinctive close-range finish to cancel out Ba’s superb opener, before Hatem Ben Arfa’s penalty sealed a Newcastle victory which had looked unlikely in the first half when Defoe hit the post and Gareth Bale headed against the bar.
Villas-Boas added: ‘He always has this killer instinct. He scored in midweek for his country, scored for us during pre-season and again here.
‘He is showing that touch that we need up front. Jermain accepts that we are looking for one more striker because the team is in need of that, but when we have them all together the quality of the player is tremendous.
‘It is a different situation for him now. I have nothing to do with anything that happened in the past. He is our striker, is playing extremely well, is full of confidence and has been deadly in front of goal.’