Tottenham will offer unwanted Russian striker, Roman Pavlyuchenko to Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window, reports the Daily Mail.
Pavlyuchenko has found himself slide down the pecking order at White Hart Lane following the arrival of the on-loan, Emmanuel Adebayor who has established himself as Spurs first choice striker. The soon to be 30 year-old is clearly not fancied any longer by Harry Redknapp having only featured as a substitute in two of Spurs Premier League games this season and will be offered to Neil Warnock’s side, but only if a replacement can be found.
The Russian’s frustration at the lack of first-team opportunities spilled over to the press in October when he expressed his feelings to Russia’s Sport Express.
“I don’t believe I can fight my way into the Tottenham starting line-up.
Players can feel what the manager thinks about them, and I know that the manager doesn’t count on me these days,”
“‘I don’t know whether Redknapp is telling the truth when he says he doesn’t want to lose me. I guess he is not telling the truth.
“Redknapp says I’m not playing because my pre-season wasn’t good. I can’t understand that.”
The striker also told of his desire to play for Russia in the European Championships next summer. “Something must change. I must play in order not to miss Euro 2012.
“You don’t get into the national squad on past achievements. I will be 30 in December, and it could be my last big tournament.
“I don’t know whether the club will execute that option (to sell me), but a good offer would definitely be considered.”
It was reported that Pavlyuchenko had agreed terms on a move to Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow who were ready to offer Spurs £8m but the striker’s agent moved quickly to reiterate his client had yet to decide where his future lies.
Quizzed by Sport Express on the Lokomotiv rumour, Oleg Artemov said, “And who found out that it’s Lokomotiv that has agreed anything with him? He hasn’t signed anything. There are more offers. We are learning, analysing and talking about them.”
QPR boss Neil Warnock is hoping to bolster his attacking options in January and will be given a reported £15m to spend. Pavlyuchenko has also talked up the possibility of remaining in the capital. Telling Sports Express in the same interview he said,
“It would be silly of me to hide that I find life in London much better.
People here live the right way unlike us, back in Russia.”
A move for Pavlyuchenko would suit all parties concerned as long as Rangers can match Spurs valuation of their outcast striker. Several clubs are thought to be interested in signing the Russian in January, however, a deal will only be completed if Redknapp can add another striker to his squad. The Spurs boss is refusing to let Pavlyuchenko go if it leaves his side short of attacking options.
According to the Daily Mail, Redknapp said,
“If we let Pav go we’d leave ourselves short.
If he decides he wants to go and the club get a good offer then we’ve got to be ready to replace him from somewhere.”
Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Brazil international Leandro Damiao have both been linked with a move to Tottenham and could end up as Pavlyuchenko’s replacement.
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