Now, I feel like this one isn’t going to go down very well. Rumours revolving around Manchester United are very hit and miss, and when they involve a striker who’s skillset revolves around their size I fear it won’t be met with a positive reaction, but here goes!
Our friends at talksport are reporting that Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Bundesliga based striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, the 6’2 striker is currently playing for Stuttgart to mixed success in Germany. Yet earlier on in his career he proved to be quite a prolific goal scorer.
He started out at at Spartak Moscow, but appearances there were limited so during that period he was loaned out to a few different sides, but ultimately he moved to Zenit St Petersburg in 2007. He spent 3 seasons with the side and enjoyed some success, he has not exactly been a goal machine but he did manage 22 goals in 58 appearances.
In August 2009 he moved on to Germany and began his career with Stuttgart, during his time in the Bundesliga he has notched up 14 goals in 51 games.
Talksport reckon that the player has struggled for Stuttgart due to the fact that he is playing for a struggling side who are faced with the possibility of relegation. His contract is set to expire in 2012, and therefore it is thought that they will sell the towering striker this Summer in order to receive some money for the player, apparently he may be available for as little as £4million.
The striker, who has also been linked with Tottenham, recently talked of his desire to play in England and he issues a plea to the Old Trafford side, he told Eurosport:
“Generally I like the English Premier League and Manchester United….I’ve always cheered for them….In my opinion, it’s the strongest club in England and one of the best in Europe in general….The Bundesliga is definitely one of the strongest leagues in the world. I would rank it second after the Premier League.”.
It is probably not surprising that the stories about Sir Alex Ferguson watching Pogrebnyak come out at roughly the same time as quotes such as these. I personally am not sure that he has the desired quality to play for Manchester United, he is a decent player and maybe at a push he could do a job at Tottenham, but at Old Trafford I would be surprised if he was more than a back up player.
Even for £4million I am not certain that this represents a good piece of business, and I suggest this may be a story that has been put together or manufactured by player and agent, but let’s just wait and see, maybe Sir Alex sees something that I don’t.
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