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Tottenham reject Birmingham bid for Roman Pavlyuchenko

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko
Roman Pavlyuchenko is keen to move away from White Hart Lane

Birmingham City have had a bid for Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko rejected by the London club.

The bid, thought to be significantly less than the £14m that Spurs paid for the Spartak Moscow star in September 2008, was knocked back on Friday.

The Russian, 28, is keen on a move after falling behind Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane at Spurs.

And, speaking on Thursday, Blues boss Alex McLeish said: "I would certainly take Pavlyuchenko."

He added: "However, [I don't know] whether we could afford him and whether we could take that step.

"Certainly if the wages were not too outrageous then that would be something that would be reasonably attractive."

McLeish is searching for a striker to fill the void left by injuries to Cameron Jerome and Kevin Phillips, and sees the Russia international as an ideal signing.

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Blues have added midfielders Craig Gardner and Michel to their squad during the January transfer window, but McLeish admitted signing a new forward is his top priority.

"We cannot allow anything to drag on as the deadline is Monday. We really have to get moving on that one," he said.

"The board of directors are trying to help me. It is up to them, at the end of day they are the ones who provide the money and have to secure the deal for us.

"Even my players are asking 'are we getting another centre forward?'

"So when your own players are asking, it shows they are ambitious and want help."



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