Serie A side Roma are among the favourites to sign Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko after the Russian revealed he wants to leave the club.
The former Spartak Moscow star has revealed his frustration at falling behind the likes of Defoe, Keane and Crouch in the starting line up and with Roma sending director Daniele Prade to London this week for talks it seems the Italian side are in pole position to sign the Russian.
However, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has warned that Pavlyuchenko will not be allowed to go on the cheap and the club hope to recoup most of the Â£14 million they paid for him in September 2008.
Redknapp said: “That would be up to the chairman but he’s not a player we want to lose.
“He wants to play regularly but it’s been difficult because the other strikers have all been great. There has been talk about him having to move to get games but we are happy with him.
“If he’s not happy and somebody wants to pay the right money for him then something might happen. But he won’t be leaving here cheaply.”
Rumours began after Pavlyuchenko told Russian newspaper Sport Express that he wanted to leave the London club, saying: “I want to leave the club, It is impossible to remain there.
“I’ve been on the bench and as a result lost a place in the national team. I want to play, not just warm the bench.”
“At the start of the season our manager said that four forwards is exactly the optimal number, but now he states that three is enough. And I am the fourth one so it is obvious that I should part with the club.”
“The only thing that can stand in the way is unmanageable price. But I will insist on leaving,” he said.
“The important thing now is to reach a compromise that will be suitable for the club and me, and my future club.”
[Source: The Sun, Sport Express (Russia)]
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