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Spurs striker heading for exit - reports

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Pavlyuchenko has struggled for first team football under Redknapp (©GettyImages)
Pavlyuchenko has struggled for first team football under Redknapp (©GettyImages).

Roman Pavlyuchenko looks set to leave Tottenham in January after Russian media reports suggested the 29-year-old had agreed terms with Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Russian international has found first team football hard to come by this season and has not started a single Premier League game so far, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp preferring to partner either Rafael Van Der Vaart or Jermain Defoe with on-loan Manchester City forward Emmanuel Adebayor.

Pavluchenko has long been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane having never fully settled in north London, but appears eager to find a new club in the new year with the European Championships looming large on the horizon.

Soversky Sport report that Pavlyuchenko has agreed a salary and will complete the move in January when Tottenham Hotspur and Lokomotiv agree a fee, with the Russian side hoping to pay around £7.7 million, while Spurs will likely hold out for in more in order to recoup as much of the £13 million they paid for former Spartak Moscow forward in 2008 as possible.

Everton had previously been linked with a move for the Russian striker who has impressed only in fits and spurts during his time with Spurs, but with the Toffees said to be angling for a loan move rather than a permanent deal, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is likely to favour a switch Russia.

It is believed the former Portsmouth boss is keen to get Pavlyuchenko off the wage bill in order to free up some cash for transfers next month with Spurs linked with a move for Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao and Colgne striker Luka Podolski in the January transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur also let Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch leave White Hart Lane over the summer.

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