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Tottenham Edge Closer to £14m AC Milan Swap Deal: Pavlyuchenko for Huntelaar, Good Deal?

Player’s agent admits client’s interest in Serie A move.

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko would be interested in a January move to AC Milan, according to the player’s agent.
The 27-year-old joined Spurs from Spartak Moscow for £14 million a year ago, but now finds himself the fourth-choice front-man at White Hart Lane behind Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch.
Pavlyuchenko scored 14 times in 36 appearances in all competitions in 2008/09, including netting in every round of the Carling Cup apart from the final.
However, he has featured just three times in all competitions so far this term, with Russia national coach Guus Hiddink recently expressing his concern at the goal-getter’s lack of action so far in 2009/10.
Reports have since linked the forward with a winter transfer window switch to AC Milan, with former Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – a summer target of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United – heading to North London as part of the deal.
And Pavlyuchenko’s representitive, Oleg Artemov, has admitted that the prospect of the player joining the Italian giants is one that appeals.
“We are heading back to London, where we will meet Tottenham’s directors to get some answers,” he said on Calciomercato.com.
“I spoke to a few friends in Italy, and soon I will see if the Huntelaar swap deal is possible or if it’s just rumours.
“Of course, Milan would be an interesting proposition for everyone – the player, the agent and the club that sells.” (Four Four Two)

It does appear that what started out as potentially misguided speculation could well be getting closer to bearing fruit. On the face of it, it’s a deal that suits all parties. Roman Pavlyuchenko is not very happy about playing third or fourth fiddle at White Hart Lane and Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s time so far at AC Milan has been disastrous, but then the failures at San Siro have been wholesale so perhaps he has been harshly used as something of a scapegoat at the Serie A side goes from bad to worse.

However would Huntelaar’s plight be eased by presumably being little more than a bench warmer? The former Ajax man appears to have taken a big step backwards since leaving the his Eredivisie comfort zone and moves to European giants Real Madrid and AC Milan have so far only served to damage his career and left many believing, wrongly, that he is only capable of being a success when a big fish in a small pond.

Harry Redknapp loves to chop and change but even he may feel that bringing in another high profile striker may be a pointless exercise, perhaps he is better off promoting from within and finding a ‘fourth’ forward from the club’s academy and youth sides? Or failing that perhaps he should bring in a veteran who doesn’t mind sitting out a great chunk of the season only to be called upon if injury or poor form strike.


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