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Royals hunt former Tottenham striker

After never really impressing during his time at Tottenham Hotspur, Reading fans in the Football Transfer Tavern were left scratching their heads after being linked with a possible move for Roman Pavlyuchenko in January.

The former White Hart Lane striker only left England a year ago to join Spartak Moscow but reports in the Evening Standard suggest that the Russian could return to help struggling Reading maintain their place in the top flight.

Pavlyuchenko netted 21 times in his 78 games for Spurs during a four year spell in North London before being sold  to the Russian outfit last January for £8 million.

Reading’s owner Anton Zingarevich is keen to bring his fellow countryman back to England after the disappointing form of former Fulham £65,000-a-week striker Pavel Pogrebnyak this season and flew to Russia on a scouting mission with director of football Nicky Hammond last week.

The 31-year-old could return to the Premier League in January with Reading thought to be prepared to offer him one last payday if he can help the Royals survive against the odds.

Signing the Tottenham flop would be quite a risk for a club that could be back in the Championship next season but it may be a risk worth taking if he could fire the goals to keep them up.

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