It has been widely reported that Roman Pavlyuchenko is seeking a move away from White Hart Lane as he searches for regular first team football, especially after he was quoted in the press declaring his frustration at his current situation.
“The way I see it, the manager just doesn't trust me and it doesn't matter if I play well, score goals or try my best in training - nothing will make him change his mind about me," Pavlyuchenko told Sport-Express - as reported by imscouting.com last month.
"So I'm not going to extend my Tottenham contract, which expires at the end of next season, and will try to leave Spurs over the summer transfer window.”
Liverpool had been heavily linked with a move for the want-away Tottenham striker despite recent interest from his native Russia with the Daily Mail reporting that former club Spartak Moscow were lining up an offer.
Director of Football Strategy at Liverpool, Damien Comolli, is thought to be keen on the player and could still advise Kenny Dalglish to pursue Pavlyuchenko in the summer.
There are questions however, over how much game time he would get at Anfield after the January additions of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll and so the Russian international may in fact opt against a move to Liverpool.
With that in mind, it is Sunderland who have now appeared as surprise front-runners for the player’s signature, and are planning to table a big-money bid when the transfer window reopens in the summer say the Metro.
The Black Cats have confirmed they are in a good position financially to prepare a summer bid, despite announcing a net loss of £25.5million for the year ending July 2010.
The club's operating expenses rose to £70.4m, resulting in a loss of £5m before player trading.
Sunderland chief executive Steve Walton said: “There has been significant investment made to improve our playing squad and we are now starting to see the benefits of that investment.
“The continuing support of our owner [Texas-based businessman Ellis Short] also puts us in a secure position.”
It seems that money - plus the significant income generated by the sale of Bent in January - will be put towards luring Pavlyuchenko to the Stadium of Light to prolong his stay in the Premier League beyond the end of the season.
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