Pav pleads with Spurs: 'Let me go'
ROMAN Pavlyuchenko yesterday pleaded with Spurs to sell him to ambitious Birmingham. (Mirror)The Russian striker, 28, has told Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp he is desperate to quit White Hart Lane before the transfer window shuts.
ROMAN Pavlyuchenko yesterday pleaded with Spurs to sell him to ambitious Birmingham. (Mirror)
The Russian striker, 28, has told Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp he is desperate to quit White Hart Lane before the transfer window shuts.
And the star is even willing to hand in a transfer request to get a move to the Midlands.
Brum had a �10million bid plus add-ons for Pavlyuchenko rejected on Friday by Spurs supremo Daniel Levy.
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Spurs want to recoup virtually all the �13.8m they paid Spartak Moscow for Pavlyuchenko in August 2008.
But Birmingham boss Alex McLeish and owner Carson Yeung are refusing to raise their offer any higher.
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And now the player is taking action to try and force through a move.
Brum are willing to give Pavlyuchenko a three-and-a-half year contract worth �50,000-a-week - a �5,000-a-week improvement on his Spurs' terms.
Redknapp said: “Pav wants to move and if the chairman feels we can afford to let him go it wouldn't be a problem to me.”
Should City fail to get the Russian, they also have an interest in two Portsmouth strikers - Aruna Dindane and Frederic Piquionne.
Both are on-loan at cash-strapped Pompey - Dindane from Lens and Piquionne from Lyon.
Dindane is wanted on loan with a view to a permanent spell.
And McLeish is prepared to pay �3 million to sign Piquionne from French giants Lyon, again after a loan spell.
Piquionne is now aware that Birmingham are offering him a long-term stay and could push for the move.
McLeish is also in the chase for giant African striker Shabani Nonda, who could make a return to the Premier League after being freed by Turkish side Galatasaray.
Nonda spent a season with Blackburn Rovers, but left to go abroad. He is expected for talks at St.Andrews today to finalise a short-term contract.