Russian wants Premier League stay.
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Aston Villa and West Ham are interested in signing Pavel Pogrenbnyak after discussions between the Russian striker and Fulham broke down.
The 28-year-old marksman spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage and impressed, scoring six times in 12 games including a hatt-rick against bottom-club Wolves in March.
Fulham boss Martin Jol is keen to conclude a deal for the forward, who is a free agent after his contract at Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart expired.
But discussions between the Cottagers and Pogrebnyak, who is currently preparing for Euro 2012 with Russia, have stalled and Villa and West Ham are now ready to pounce.
New Villa boss Paul Lambert had identified Grant Holt – his captain at former club Norwich – as his first signing but fears the Canaries will price the 31-year-old out of a move. Likewise, newly-promoted West Ham are admirers of Holt but both clubs are ready to turn to Pogrebnyak as an alternative.
The Russian has insisted he is determined to stay in England and will snub advances from his native country, amid interest from Spartak Moscow.
“After three or four months, I feel that I have found my place in England and I want to play in this league,” Pogrebnyak told Sport-Express. “We couldn’t agree anything with Fulham so far, but I hope everything will be alright.
“If I don’t play for Fulham, I hope to find another team. It would be good to sort this out before the European Championship, because there is a risk there. Anything could happen, and if you get injured then no-one will want to sign you.
“Last year I said I didn’t want to go back to Russia and since then Russian football hasn’t really progressed,” he added.