Black Cats eye Stuttgart star

The striker is reported to have informed his current employers of

his desire to move on this summer, having spent the last two years

in Germany. The Russia international has had his head turned by

interest from the Premier League, with Liverpool and Tottenham also

believed to be keen. His representative has done his best to curb

the rumours, claiming that no negotiations have taken place. He

has, however, confirmed that Sunderland are among those to have

held informal discussions regarding the 27-year-old frontman. “They

are one of the clubs who approached us concerning Pavel,” Oleg

Artemov told Sovetsky Sport. “Besides them, there are some other

teams from England and Germany who contact me from time to time,

testing the waters for possible cooperation. “So we just call each

other and talk. Nothing of that went as far as some negotiations

between the clubs. “Pogrebnyak has proved in Germany that he is a

skilled football player. “It would be interesting for me to watch

him play in the English league, but it’s up to the player. “One

thing I can tell you for sure is that Pavel will not be without a

decent team.” Artemov claims there is no guarantee that Pogrebnyak

will be on the move this summer, with it possible that he could see

out his contract at Stuttgart and walk away on a free transfer in

12 months’ time. He added: “Nothing has changed. Pavel has one more

year left on his contract. Usually in this case the club would

begin talks about a renewal or a sale, but Stuttgart keep silent.

“I can imagine a situation where Pavel sticks with Stuttgart until

the end of his contract and moves to another team as a free agent.

Any option is possible.”