Aston Villa & Reading Look to Snatch Pavel Pogrebnyak from Fulham’s Grasp

Sides battle over Russian international.

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FULHAM face challenges from Aston Villa and Reading in their bid to sign Russia international Pavel Pogrebnyak.

The London club failed to agree a deal for the striker before he left for Euro 2012.

SOURCE: Daily Star

Martin Jol will surely have feared that interest in Pavel Pogrebnyak would increase after his short term deal at Fulham came to an end. The West London side failed to tie down the big Russian forward to a new deal after he netted six goals in 12 matches for the Craven Cottage side last term and now that his national team have been knocked out of Euro 2012 he may be ready to discuss his future with prospective suitors.

Aston Villa brought in Paul Lambert to replace Alex McLeish and the former Norwich City boss hasn’t managed, or possible hasn’t attempted, to bring in Canaries forward Grant Holt after he put in a transfer request so the Scot may well be more interested instead in signing Pogrebnyak, who is available on a free transfer.

Newly promoted Reading may well also be looking to improve on their current strikeforce as they hope to retain their spot in the top tier following their Championship title triumph.

28 year old Pogrebnyak more than proved that his physical approach lends itself well to the life in the English top tier so one can imagine that the race for the Russian will hot up in the coming weeks.

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