Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is expected to leave Spurs in January and Sunderland boss Steve Bruce wants to be first in the queue, according to The People.
The Russian forward admits his days are numbered at White Hart Lane and was poised to move to Wearside on loan on the transfer deadline day. However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy pulled the plug on the deal because he could not land a suitable replacement for Peter Crouch, who left to join Stoke City this summer.
Pavlyuchenko arrived at White Hart Lane from Spartak Moscow in 2008, but after a promising start to his Spurs career, he has lost his place in the starting line-up. The Russian is open for a move away from White Hart Lane and will want to complete it in January.
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Graham backs Summer signings.
Former Tottenham manager George Graham believes current Spurs boss Harry Redknapp can be pleased with the summer transfer activity at White Hart Lane, The Sunday Mirror reports.
Redknapp had been rumoured to be discontented with the activity at Spurs this summer, but Graham believes that the signings of Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor, coupled with the retention of midfielder Luka Modric, is good business from the North Londoners.
Graham said: ‘The chairman Daniel Levy took a brave stand over Luka Modric. He has stayed and it will be interesting to see how he does this season. He has wanted a top-class striker for some time and now he has Adebayor. I hope he can get the best out of him’.
The Scotsman, who managed Spurs between 1998 and 2001, also believes that Spurs could have signed Scott Parker earlier in the summer and that would have provided more help for the club in their opening two Premier League games.
Modric could still leave.
Luka Modric could still leave Tottenham in January with Manchester United and Chelsea set to return with new bids, The Metro reports.
Officials at Spurs believe the Blues will be eager to get their man after a summer long pursuit of the Croatian midfielder. Chelsea had a bid of £40m rejected by Spurs on transfer deadline day, but will come back in January with a fresh bid to try and twist Daniel Levy’s arm.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas signed Valencia playmaker Juan Mata before the transfer window shut, but is still keen on bringing in Modric to keep his side at a quality which could win them the Champions League.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has not given up the hunt for Modric yet and after losing out on Wesley Sneijder and Samir Nasri this summer, Sir Alex will be looking to bring in a playmaker to replace the retired Paul Scholes.