Liverpool strike target would be welcome home

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Want-away striker Roman Pavlyuchenko will be offered an escape route from his Tottenham Hotspur nightmare by his former club Spartak Moscow reports the Daily Mail.

The 29-year-old Russian international has endured a torrid time at White Hart Lane of late, and threatened to quit Spurs unless he was given more first-team action.

Pavlyuchenko’s ‘use-me-or-lose-me’ plea seems to have done little to change the mentality of manager Harry Redknapp who has only used the player sparingly throughout much of the season.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with Pavlyuchenko and were said to have had a £14milion move for the player turned down on transfer deadline day last August.


Director of Football strategy at Liverpool, Damien Comolli, is thought to be keen on the player and could 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 Pavlyuchenko may in fact prefer a return to his native Russia.

The transfer window is still open for Russian clubs to sign players until March 10 but Tottenham chiefs have categorically ruled out any move before the end of the season.

Spartak Moscow sporting director Dmitry Popov expressed his desire to broker a deal saying, “Roman, of course, is a player of high quality. In the Russian championship he would score consistently.

“He's a national team player, so it's understandable that he'd be interesting to us,” he concluded.

Pavlyuchenko’s agent Oleg Artemov would not be drawn on a specific destination but said that it is ‘more than likely’ the player will leave White Hart Lane.

“After the end of the season I will meet with Tottenham again and we will discuss Roman's future. His deal is expiring in June 2012 so we will have time to discuss it.”

That means Liverpool could still be in the race for Pavlyuchenko’s signature with Anfield owners New England Sports Ventures (NESV) already showing they are willing to back Dalglish with player acquisitions, which has resulted in the club already being linked with a number of players despite the summer window being over three months away.

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