Harry Redknapp has conceded he would consider selling Roman Pavlyuchenko in the January transfer window but has offered him a lifeline to stay in north London reports skysports.com.
The 29-year-old Russian international has fallen well down the pecking order following the summer arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor, and the promising form of Jermain Defoe and Rafael Van der Vaart.
Having started just four games for Spurs in the whole of 2011, Pavlyuchenko seems to be edging closer to the White Hart Lane exit door, with a number of teams in his homeland ready to offer him an escape route.
Whilst Redknapp is conscious not to weaken his Tottenham squad, he has admitted he would be prepared to offload Pavlyuchenko if he pressed for a move.
"If he wanted to go and it was a good offer, then we would look at that, for sure," he said. "[But] he's not a player that I'm looking to move.
"I like him. He's a good person, good player. I hope he can have a good season."
The Spurs chief is clearly open to keeping Pavlyuchenko, and challenged him to improve his consistency and force his way back into the first-team.
"He has to work hard every game," added Redknapp. "He has to be more consistent. He didn't have a great pre-season. He hasn't shown enough this year to be in the team.
"He can score goals, and maybe [he'll stay] if he goes on a run, gets an opportunity and score some goals for us."