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Manchester United made to sweat until Spurs find second striker

One down, one to go at White Hart Lane after it appears virtually certain that Tottenham will be signing Roman Pavlyuchenko in the next day or so. It appears that until Spurs find a potential strike partner for the Russian hotshot, Manchester United will be made to wait for a certain Bulgarian forward with an attidue problem.

The Independent report that Tottenham releasing Dimitar Berbatov is dependent on whether they can sign someone who will effectively be his replacement. Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he’s not massively confident of bolstering his squad before midnight on Sunday and it appears to be dependent on the negotiating skills of the Spurs board.

For their part Tottenham have told Berbatov that they do not regard Pavlyuchenko’s signing alone as sufficient reason for the Bulgarian to leave the club. They currently have only Pavlyuchenko, whom they do not think they will have signed in time to play against Chelsea on Sunday, and Darren Bent. Arshavin’s signing would give them the cover they need. They also believe it would be easier for the Russians to settle into English football if they were playing in the same team.

Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko struck up a lethal partnership for Russia during Euro 2008, but could they do the same in the Premier League? Hasn’t anybody stopped to think that Spurs continue to be shipping goals at the back, and that defensive reinforcements might also be worthy of consideration? Tottenham fans, would you consider the Russian duo to be a good replacement for Berbatov and Keane?

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