Stadium of Light boss keen on White Hart Lane striker.
Sunderland weighing up move for Tottenham outcast
After a disappointing period at White Hart Lane, Sunderland may offer Roman Pavlyuchenko the option to remain in the Premier League with a January move.
The Russian international no longer seems to be a feature in the long-term plans of Harry Redknapp and has been linked with a move away from the club over recent months.
Pavlyuchenko has made 13 appearances for Spurs this season and has scored four goals along the way.
Sunderland are facing a quandary of their own after Nicklas Bendtner suffered an injury to his face over the weekend and it’s currently unknown exactly how long he will be missing for.
Scans have revealed that the injury is suspected to be a fractured nose, and although his absence isn’t expected to be more than a few weeks, the Black Cats will sorely miss their Danish international who was just starting to hit form.
Despite Martin O’Neill’s good start to life at the Stadium of Light he could well do with another striking alternative and even though Roman Pavlyuchenko is not seemingly valued by Harry Redknapp and the White Hart Lane boss is said to be ready to allow the Russian to leave, just as long as the North London club receives bids that meet their £9m valuation.
That is a fee that the new Black Cats boss is ready to spend this month as he looks to keep pushing his North-East side up the table.
On paper Pavlyuchenko’s stats since moving to Tottenham are fairly impressive, 42 goals from 71 starts (and a mountain of sub appearances), and the former Spartak Moscow man is keen to secure regular first team football ahead of the Euro 2012 finals.