Birmingham boss McLeish confirms he wants Spurs striker Pavlyuchenko

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has confirmed he is keen to land Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has confirmed he is keen to land Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

He has been linked with the likes of Ryan Babel and Kenwyne Jones, but Pavlyuchenko is emerging as his top-target after he expressed his desire to leave Spurs.

Birmingham are eager to offer the Russia international the option to stay in England and Eidur Gudjohnsen's imminent arrival at Spurs would seemingly pave the way for Pavlyuchenko to move on.

"I would take Pavlyuchenko, of course I would," he told Sky Sports News.

"Whether we could afford it and take that step, as it would be a big step for us to go for a player like that, and certainly if wages were not too outrageous then that would be reasonably attractive - he is a great player."

McLeish played down suggestions Birmingham would be paying £13million for the Russian, which is reportedly Spurs' asking price.

"I think we would be struggling to pay that, we have said we have £20 to £40 million to spend, but I doubt we would be spending that at this juncture and I don't think we need too," he said.

"We would like to keep the bigger money for the summer but if there is a deal to be done I would hope I would have the full backing [from the board].

"We need a striker before the window closes, it is imperative."