Steve Bruce hopes to bring White Hart Lane bench warmer to the Stadium of Light.
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Sunderland have made Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko their top target to replace Darren Bent – and could hand Spurs a £4 million windfall from the sale of their star man.
Bent is in line to complete a sensational move to Villa Park in a deal that could be worth a total of £24m after he submitted a written transfer request following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby.
But Spurs are set for a cash boost from the deal worth around £4m under the terms of his transfer to Sunderland from White Hart Lane in July 2009 – and will finally recoup the full £16.5m they paid Charlton for his services two years earlier.
The 26-year-old cost the Black Cats an initial £10m, rising to £16.5m with additional performance-related payments which will all be due to Spurs if he leaves Sunderland for more than that sum.
And the Londoners could be set to benefit even more from Bent’s proposed move as Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has made Spurs ace Pavlyuchenko one of his main targets as he prepares for the departure of his top goalscorer.
Bruce is believed to be ready to offer £12m for the 29-year-old Russian and is also considering a bid to turn Danny Welbeck’s loan move from Manchester United into a permanent deal. Spurs have had no official approach from Sunderland but are aware of genuine interest from the north-east. (Goal.com)
One can understand why Steve Bruce would attempt to lure Roman Pavlyuchenko to the Stadium of Light but will the Russian be interested? Yes he is currently warming the bench at the North London club most weeks and the chance of first team football should tempt the former Spartak Moscow man but it seems highly likely that if the 29 year old leaves Tottenham it will be for a move abroad and not up north.
Harry Redknapp doesn’t appear to have a great deal of confidence in Pavluchenko and indeed has only given him an extended run in the team when injuries dictate he needs to and when called upon to fill that void last term he did very well indeed. In fact Roman’s record at White Hart Lane is not that bad at all. In 54 starts he has scored 33 times, not a bad record.
Bruce may have to look elsewhere and a move to make Danny Wellbeck’s loan move to the club permanent appears to be a more likely option.
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