United enter ‘the cellar’ for Russian striker negotiations

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Bundesliga strike sensation Pavel Pogrebnyak is dreaming of one day making a move to the Barclays Premier League with Manchester United reports Eurosport.

The 27-year-old Stuttgart star, who joined the German strugglers from Zenit St Petersburg in his native Russia in 2009, has enjoyed a good season having scored 12 goals despite playing in a relegation threatened side.

Having captured the £7million bargain buy of Javier Hernandez last summer, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is again looking for another striker addition that won't break the bank, to compliment the array of attacking talent already at Old Trafford.

Pogrebnyak, a full Russian international is seen as an ideal acquisition. With international pedigree as well as a promising goals return, the Red Devils will make a decision on whether or not to step up their interest when the transfer window reopens in June.

The 6ft 2in target man is currently embroiled in a relegation dogfight with Stuttgart – unknown territory for the Bundesliga outfit who are more familiar with challenging for the title at the other end of the table.


They are currently two points clear of the drop, and with five games to play, Pogrebnyak is focusing on the short-term goal of domestic survival, but admitted an offer from England and Manchester United further down the line would be tempting.

"Generally I like the English Premier League and Manchester United," Pogrebnyak told Eurosport in an exclusive interview. "I've always cheered for them.

"In my opinion, it's the strongest club in England and one of the best in Europe in general.

"The Bundesliga is definitely one of the strongest leagues in the world. I would rank it second after the Premier League."

Manchester United will be buoyed by Pogrebnyak’s comments should they wish to pursue his signature, and could approach the Russian’s representative over a summer move to Old Trafford.

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