Surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane, Roman may have a future just down the road at Upton Park?
Bench warmer: Roman Pavlyuchenko is desperate for a starting role Photo: AFP
Gianfranco Zola’s side have yet to win at home, and are in the relegation zone, although a win against Villa will take the Hammers out of the bottom three.
Zola is understood to have enquired about the 27-year-old Russian, who is currently out of favour at Spurs having failed to impress in a rare appearance against Everton in the Carling Cup last week.
However, any move could depend on the arrival of new investors, a possibility ahead of the January transfer window.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has already ruled out any loan deals involving the striker.
Tottenham want to recoup the £13.8 million they paid Spartak Moscow for Pavlyuchenko in the summer of 2008. Spartak and Zenit St Petersburg are also keen, but value Pavlyuchenko at closer to £10m. (Daily Telegraph)
The lack of first team action is clearly hindering Roman Pavlyuchenko’s career and could even prevent him from maintaining his starting spot in the Russian national team set-up and that is something the former Spartak Moscow man can not afford to happen so close to the World Cup, albeit they still need to get through the play-offs.
A move to West Ham could be just what the doctor ordered but can West Ham really afford to snap up the Tottenham frontman? He would cost at least £10m and given the much reported financial problems the east London side have had of late it seems that such a purchase could only be plausible if players were set to leave Upton Park to provide Gianfranco Zola with the requisite funds.
Spurs fans like Roman Pavlyuchenko, he works hard and hasn’t complained about his fate on the White Hart Lane bench, unlike some who have suffered similar problems in the recent past. There is no doubting the qualities he possesses and he has the right attributes to be a success in the Premier League, it just so happens that there are a few top notch strikers ahead of him and Harry Redknapp is unlikely to reshuffle his successful pack.