Real Madrid target would prefer Premier League move

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Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is lining up want-away Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko as the Black Cats long-term replacement for Darren Bent.

The Russian international has stalled over signing a new contract at White Hart Lane because he wants the guarantee of first-team football.

'The contract offer doesn't suit me,” said Pavlyuchenko. “And there are rumours: (Emmanuel) Adebayor is coming to us, then (Andy) Carroll from Newcastle.

“If it proves true, I'm not satisfied with being fourth or fifth choice. I don't want to go back to sitting on the bench.”


Harry Redknapp was quick to quash Sunderland’s hopes of bringing Peter Crouch to the Stadium of Light, but has indicated that the club would be willing to listen to offers for Pavlyuchenko.

Speaking to the media on Friday, he said: “I don't want to sell Pav but if someone made the right offer and he wanted to move, I am sure it is something that the club will look at.”

Sunderland have been linked with a number of strikers since the departure of Bent, and Bruce will have to move quickly if they want to secure the 29-year-old’s signature.

They will be keen to fend off interest from Barclays Premier League rivals Everton and Aston Villa as well as European heavyweights Real Madrid who are also said to be keeping tabs on the situation.

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