Tottenham ‘ready to pay’ £16m for Russian forward

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In the next week or two, Spurs might find themselves with a big pot of cash, with Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Darren Bent all set to fly the nest for pastures new. It doesn’t appear that Tottenham fans should be confident that any of the trio will remain, although at least it appears as though Juande Ramos has been plotting some top-drawer replacements.

The Independent report that there could be a Russian revolution at White Hart Lane over the summer, with Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin both high on the list of transfer targets. The latter in particular appears to have a strong chance of being a Spurs player next term, especially if you listen to the words of his agent.

Their interest in Arshavin was outlined yesterday by the Zenit St Petersburg sporting director, Konstantin Sarsaniya. “With Tottenham we have contacts,” he said. “This English club is really interested in acquiring Andrei but, as I understand, €27m [£21.5m] is too high a price for them. For Spurs it is unacceptable. Tottenham are ready to pay in the region of €20m [£15.9m] for Arshavin.”

Tottenham are clearly wary of other clubs bumping the price up on their available players, especially with the North London club expected to get oodles of cash from Man United and Liverpool in compensation for losing the hottest double act in the Premier League last season. Spurs fans – would the Russian pairing make up for losing Berba and Keano?

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