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Spurs in talks with Pavlyuchenko

By Saj Chowdhury

Roman Pavlyuchenko
Pavlyuchenko starred for Russia at the European Championship

Tottenham have held talks with Spartak Moscow's Russia striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, BBC Sport understands.

The 15m-rated Pavlyuchenko, 26, met representatives from the north London club last week, although no deal has been agreed yet.

Spurs are also believed to be keen on his fellow Russian Andrei Arshavin.

Arshavin's club, Zenit St Petersburg, claim they have not been approached but the player's agent said he may sign for Spurs within the next few days.

"It is my prediction that Andrei Arshavin is going to be a Tottenham player this season," Denis Lacter told BBC Radio Five Live.

"He just rejected a huge, huge offer to renew his contract for another five years. He preferred to leave for the Premier League."

Pavlyuchenko scored three goals at Euro 2008 while Arshavin, who played against CSKA Moscow at the weekend, also shone at the tournament.

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Tottenham boss Juande Ramos has already spent about 45m on transfer fees in the close season.

Forward Giovani Dos Santos, midfielders Luka Modric and David Bentley and goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes have arrived at the club this summer.

They recouped some of that money with the 20.3m sale of Robbie Keane to Liverpool, the 3.5m received from Blackburn for keeper Paul Robinson and the transfers of Steed Malbranque, Pascal Chimbonda and Teemu Tainio to Sunderland.

It has also been widely reported that fellow forward Dimitar Berbatov will leave White Hart Lane before the start of the season.

The Bulgaria international did not appear in the 5-1 defeat of Leyton Orient on Wednesday and also did not feature in Monday's game at Norwich.


see also
Tottenham complete Bentley switch
30 Jul 08 |  Tottenham
Spurs agree deal for keeper Gomes
26 Jun 08 |  Tottenham
Tottenham complete Giovani deal
10 Jun 08 |  Tottenham
Spurs equal record fee for Modric
29 Apr 08 |  Tottenham
Netherlands 1-3 Russia (aet)
21 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Xavi awarded Euro 2008 accolade
30 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008


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