Anfield winger for White Hart Lane forward?
Tottenham and Liverpool are reportedly considering securing a swap deal that would see Anfield winger Ryan Babel head to White Hart Lane with Russian Roman Pavlyuchenko heading in the other direction. Roy Hodgson is looking for more attacking options and Harry Redknapp is after some more wide men and has already been linked with a move for the Dutch international so a deal to exchange the pair may be agreed.
Pavyluchenko is still very much a bench warmer at the north London club and has made noises about wanting to leave for pastures new and may well be interested in a move to Merseyside. The former Spartak Moscow man didn’t get much of a look in under Redknapp last term and seems as far as ever from the starting eleven despite netting a beauty in the Champions League game at Young Boys.
Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch are still very much the starting pair and this leaves Roman wondering what his options are. Ryan Babel is in a similar situation at Anfield. Even though new boss Hodgson may have stated he sees the former Ajax man as part of his long term plans the 23 year old has only managed 13 Premier League minutes in the first three matches of the season.
A straight swap would appear to make a great deal of sense for all concerned and both players are valued at around £12m but it could be that initially any deal could be on a temporary loan basis.
Such a move could become more of a reality if Spurs fail to capture long term target Steven Pienaar from Everton.