Sunderland boss Bruce settles on Tottenham striker Pavlyuchenko
The Mail on Sunday says Bruce is set to land Pavlyuchenko from Tottenham as a replacement for Darren Bent.
The Russia international has been offered a new deal by Tottenham, but has said he will not be taking the club up on their offer as he wants to be guaranteed first-team football.
"The contract offer doesn't suit me," said Pavlyuchenko. "And there are rumours: (Emmanuel) Adebayor is coming to us, then (Andy) Carroll from Newcastle.
"If it proves true, I'm not satisfied with being fourth or fifth choice. I don't want to go back to sitting on the bench."