West Ham Prepare Record Breaking Move for £9.5m Premier League Hitman: Avram Grant Lines Up Pavlyuchenko Bid

Upton Park boss lines up move for White Hart Lane forward.

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Football - Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Barclays Premier League - White Hart Lane - 8/2/09.Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko looks dejected after a missed chance Photo via Newscom

Russian and Tottenham Hotspur forward Roman Pavlyuchenko looks set for the exit door this at White Hart Lane this summer with Spartak Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg among the frontrunners to clinch the Russian’s signature. New West Ham manager Avram Grant is also monitoring the situation and is keen to bring the international marksman to Upton Park, with a number of the current Hammer’s stars set to leave the club. Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish is also an admirer coming close to signing the Lilywhite in the January transfer window. Stoke City manager Tony Pullis is also a reported interested party.

The 28-year-old told Spurs manager Harry Redknapp last week that he wanted to quit White Hart Lane, alerting Birmingham City, West Ham and Stoke City. West Ham manager Avram Grant convinced talisman Scott Parker to sign a new contract at the Boleyn Ground last week and the former Chelsea boss is keen on bringing the Russian target man to East London in order to strengthen his forward ranks at Upton Park. (

Things look an awful lot better for the Hammers at present. Whilst I was against the removal of Gianfranco Zola its a move that could well benefit the club in the long term as Avram Grant is the kind of boss who can really get the most out of any team he is put in charge of.

Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have made the right noises about investment in new players and have also made it clear that just about everyone currently at the club has a price on his head, thus keeping everyone on their toes.

It seems that if Grant really wants to make a move for Tottenham man Roman Pavlyuchenko then he will have to break the club’s transfer record to do so. Harry Redknapp will not take less than £9-10m for the Russian and why should he? We are talking about a forward who was the talk of the town following an excellent Euro 2008 and whilst he hasn’t set the world alight at White Hart Lane the 28 year old is in many ways an ideal Premier League style player.

It seems unlikely however that the east London side could play Roman and Carlton Cole in the same team so perhaps any deal to sign the Spurs man would have a lot to do with the long term future of the club’s current top marksman.

However maybe Avram has hopes of somehow utilising both target man in the same formation but that seems an odd combination to play up top. Either way a move for the Russian international would be a wise one.

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