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Stuttgart coach Bobic reluctant to lose Liverpool, Tottenham target Pogrebnyak

Liverpool and Tottenham are chasing Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Stuttgart head coach Fredi Bobic admits that he has known of the interest for the former Zenit St Petersburg forward for some time, but has no intention of letting the 26-year-old leave.

With Reds boss Roy Hodgson keen to strengthen his attacking options in the January window, Pogrebnyak would prove to be a key signing with injuries to Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt exposing a threadbare front-line in the past month.

Hodgson has reportedly been promised £30million from new owners NESV to spend in 2011 and the striker would command a fee in the region of £12million.

A move to Spurs, meanwhile, would see Pogrebnyak link up with his Russian team-mate Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Bobic told Bild newspaper: "I have been listening to rumours that Liverpool and Tottenham have their eyes on Pavel.

"It's a fact. However, none of these clubs have been talking to us about him lately. He is a player of VfB Stuttgart."

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