The weird and wonderful world of White Hart Lane rumour spotting!
Roman Pavlyuchenko’s agent Oleg Artemov has claimed that Arsenal are among the clubs chasing the striker.
The 27-year-old Russia international has been frozen out at Tottenham this season after falling down the pecking order behind Jermain Defoe,Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch, and Spurs’ arch rivals are reportedly interested in his signature.
A move to Italian club Roma has recently been touted as Pavlyuchenko’s preferred option but no deal has been done as yet.
The Gunners are looking to add a striker to their squad following the serious injury suffered by Robin van Persie in November while on international duty, and Artemov claims they are interested in Pavlyuchenko.
“We are not happy about his situation at Tottenham, so we’ll do everything to ensure that he can change club in January,” he told tuttomercatoweb.
“There were contacts with Roma but for now only by phone.
“Interested in the player are also Spartak Moscow, Arsenal and Zenit (St Petersburg), anything can happen.” (Sky Sports)
Now I have heard it all. Its not bad enough to have our club linked with a move for Carlton bloody Cole now Roman is linked with a move down the road to the Emirates? I can assure you such a move exists only in the rather confused mind of Pavy’s agent, who is probably very keen to get his 10% share of an exit that is no doubt long overdue but will not be to Arsenal. I am a big fan of the Russian international and only wished there was some way to keep him at the club, we all love players who’s hearts on their sleeves and he is a top notch forward who just appears to be unable to break past a system that is clearly working well.
Now if only the press could work out ways for us to keep Pavlyuchenko at the club….
Tottenham braced as Celtic prepare loan move for Robbie Keane
Celtic manager Tony Mowbray is preparing to make an ambitious move for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane with the Scottish side hoping to seal a loan arrangement so they are able to cope with the player’s huge wages.
Mowbray has previously made his intentions known and has been encouraged by the fact that Keane is struggling to start regularly for Harry Redknapp’s side, who are enjoying an excellent season in the Premier League.
Celtic are hopeful that a loan deal can be struck with a view to a permanent transfer at some point in the future, according to a report in today’s Daily Mirror.
Keane, who returned to White Hart Lane after a difficult spell at Liverpool has seen Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch move ahead of him in the striking pecking order at Tottenham and could be open to a move where he would be instantly taken to heart due to his Irish international credentials.
While many would see a move to Scotland as a step down from the Premier League, the prospect of winning a title and having a crack at the Champions League will appeal to Keane.
Under the proposed arrangement Celtic would want Tottenham to continue to pay a proportion of Keane’s salary which dwarfs anything they are currently playing to their squad.
Were the move to go ahead Redknapp would undoubtedly enter the January transfer market for a replacement striker. (Telegraph)
Bingo! Now this isn’t the first time we have seen Pointy Shouty Bloke linked with a move to Celtic and it won’t be the last. Now can anyone really see Harry loaning out one of our top players? What do we get out of that exactly? Yes Robbie is not the same player he once was but he can sure as hell do a good job at the club and will be at White Hart Lane for quite a while longer.
Some good news however comes in the shape of Luka Modric who is apparently nearing a much anticipated return from injury. Now his return could see Harry reshuffle the pack and it could be that Keane is probably going to find himself continuing to warm the bench when the Croat does return to the fold, so perhaps there is mileage in the Irishman leaving the club. Perhaps he could be sold back to Liverpool so we can then just buy him back again if we need in the future (joke).