Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp remains concerned the club will not be able to afford Emmanuel Adebayor's wages to pave the way for any permanent deal for the on-loan striker.
The Togo international on Sunday scored his 17th Premier League goal of the campaign as Spurs defeated Fulham 2-0 to secure fourth place.
Redknapp has always been keen to keep Adebayor, who arrived from Manchester City on a season-long deal, and has made that clear to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
But Tottenham's limited finances have meant the former Arsenal striker's wages were always going to be a problem.
"He was only a loan and his loan is up," said Redknapp. "It is up to the chairman if we could loan him again. I would like to keep him, obviously. He has done great for us.
"But I don't know. We don't pay those wages - the only way we could do a deal was if the chairman did a clever deal like he did this year for him."
Adebayor joined City from Tottenham's local rivals, Arsenal, in 2009, but soon fell out of favour after a promising start at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite still being registered to the new Premier League champions, Redknapp is sure Adebayor would be available.
"They don't want him. They don't want to see him ever again, if we are being honest," he said. "They want him out of the way and that is why they let him go."