Spartak open to Pav return

Spartak open to Pav return

Published Feb. 10, 2011 10:37 a.m. ET

Spartak Moscow have made it clear they would welcome back Tottenham frontman Roman Pavlyuchenko at the right price.

The Russia international has fallen out of favour with Spurs manager Harry Redknapp of late, featuring in just four of the club's last nine Premier League encounters.

Fellow strikers Peter Crouch and Jermaine Defoe have climbed Redknapp's pecking order, with Pavlyuchenko finding regular first-team action limited.

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.


And Russian giants Spartak, the club Pavlyuchenko departed for Tottenham in 2008, are keen to re-sign him if they can agree an appropriate fee with Spurs, admitting they failed with a bid for his signature last year.

Club director Dmitri Popov told "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."