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Spurs to revive Arshavin interest

By Sam Lyon

Andrei Arshavin
Arshavin has openly welcomed the prospect of a move to Spurs

Russia playmaker Andrei Arshavin's on-off summer move to Tottenham could be back on, BBC Sport understands.

Spurs ended negotiations with Zenit St Petersburg 10 days ago after failing to agree on a fee for the 27-year-old.

But the Russian side are believed to have re-opened talks after lowering their asking price, prompting a re-think from the Spurs hierarchy.

Should he join, Arshavin would link up with Roman Pavlyuchenko, who will seal his move from Spartak Moscow by Friday.

Tottenham agreed a fee for Pavlyuchenko at the beginning of the week, with the Londoners thought to be paying up to 12m for the 26-year-old striker.

And by pairing him with Arshavin, Spurs will re-create the partnership that helped Russia storm so impressively to the semi-finals of Euro 2008 this summer.

The news should also please Zenit manager Dick Advocaat, who has already signed a like-for-like replacement in Danny from Dinamo Moscow for around 24m and who claimed Arshavin's ongoing links to Spurs have upset team morale this season.

It is thought the pair's arrival will pave the way for Dimitar Berbatov to complete his "dream" move to Manchester United.

The Bulgarian, 28, has repeatedly informed Spurs officials of his desire to move to the champions and he was left out of Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Sunderland last weekend because of a "lack of focus".

Despite potentially outlaying as much as 30m for Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko, Spurs are thought to be close to bringing in two other signings this week.

The first of those is Manchester City defender Vedran Corluka, whose move to the Londoners was called off at the last minute at the start of the month.

City have since signed Belgium international Vincent Kompany from Hamburg and are now thought to be willing to allow the move.

And Tottenham are also thought to be closing on a deal for Sporting Lisbon's highly-rated Portugal international midfielder Miguel Veloso.

The 22-year-old, rated at around 15m, has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal in the past, but is believed to be keen on a move to Spurs, who are on the look-out for a defensive midfielder to complement summer signings Luka Modric, David Bentley and Giovani dos Santos.

However, reports suggesting Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will join Spurs appear to be wide of the mark, with his agent Arnold Oosterveer telling BBC Sport that he has had no contact from the Londoners regarding a move.

see also
Pavlyuchenko heads for Tottenham
27 Aug 08 |  Tottenham
Berbatov seeks Spurs crisis talks
26 Aug 08 |  Tottenham
Man Utd v Zenit St Petersburg
27 Aug 08 |  Europe
Spurs rule out move for Arshavin
17 Aug 08 |  Tottenham
Ramos happy with Spurs firepower
14 Aug 08 |  Tottenham
Barcelona fail in Arshavin move
07 Jul 08 |  Europe

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