Redknapp ready to let Roman leave

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he would not

need to find a replacement to let striker Roman Pavlyuchenko leave

the club.

The Russian forward is behind Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and

Robbie Keane in the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

He has had limited opportunities to impress this season and

is widely expected to move on when the transfer window reopens at

the start of January.

Redknapp has previously insisted that Pavlyuchenko will not

go cheap, but he has now indicated that he is looking to trim his

striking options.

“I never seem to get Pav on the pitch which is hard on him,”

the manager said in the Daily Mirror.

“Technically he is a very good player but when people say

I’ve got four good strikers I’d rather have just three because of

the problems four cause.

“With four it’s too many. Pav is finding it hard to deal with

but what can I do?

“If someone comes in for Pav I wouldn’t necessarily look to

replace him.”

While Redknapp would like one less striker, he is in the

market for another goalkeeper after losing Carlo Cudicini to a

long-term injury.

And Spartak Moscow are willing to let shot-stopper Stipe

Pletikosa join Spurs in a possible swap deal involving

Pavlyuchenko. No talks have taken place as yet but Spartak sporting

director Dmitri Popov may decide to resurrect his interest in

Pavlyuchenko after missing out on a deal over the summer.

“We made a formal offer for Pavlyuchenko in the summer,”

Popov said in the Daily Mail. “There was a loan-to-buy offer and a

direct offer to buy. But Spurs did not agree and were not happy

with the amount.”

Popov added: “We haven’t spoken about a swap (for

Pavlyuchenko), but everything depends on Spurs.

“We know Stipe went to England, where Tottenham’s doctors

examined his knee. If the Londoners decide they need Pletikosa,

Spartak will not block the deal.”