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Tottenham striker Pavlyuchenko wanted back in Russia

Roman Pavlyuchenko's former club Spartak Moscow are prepared to rescue the Russian international from his disappointing stay at Tottenham for the right price. The hitman, who moved to White Hart Lane in 2008, has featured in just four of the club's last nine Premier League encounters with fellow strikers Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe above him in the pecking order.

The 29-year-old last week voiced his frustration at warming the White Hart Lane bench, revealing he would be open to a move away from north London in the summer.

Club director Dmitri Popov told Championat.ru: "Roman Pavlyuchenko is a top-class player.

"In the Russian championship he has (previously) scored goals consistently, plus he has a Russian passport. In addition he has played for the club.

"Therefore you can understand why we are interested.

"The thing will be the price that Tottenham want. Last year we made an official offer and never received a reply."

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