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Zenit ready to drop pursuit of Spurs striker Pavlyuchenko

Zenit St Petersburg are shelving their plans to sign Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The Daily Mail says Zenit are threatening to pull the plug on a bid for Tottenham Hotspur striker Pavlyuchenko.

The Russian giants are weighing up a swoop for Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu after Spurs boss Harry Redknapp insisted that Pavlyuchenko would not be going cheap in the January window.

Pavlyuchenko, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday, is determined to leave White Hart Lane, but Spurs are scaring off suitors by demanding a profit on the £13.8million they paid Spartak Moscow for his services last year.

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