Newcastle will need to bring in a top striker in the summer, and news today that the club may be interested in Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Roman Pavlyuchenko – Newcastle target?
The Russian has hardly been happy at Spurs since he joined them in 2008 from Spartak Moscow, after an impressive showing in the 2008 European Nations Cup.
The news is that Roma may also be interested in the 6’2″ striker, and even Sunderland, so there will be few clubs in for the striker, who looks very likely to leave the London club in the summer.
Pavlyuchenko confirmed last week, not for the first time, that he wanted to leave Spurs after he has found it difficult to hold down a first team place in London.
This is what Roman said yesterday:
“The way I see it, the manager just doesn’t trust me and it doesn’t matter if I play well, score goals or try my best in training – nothing will make him change his mind about me.”
“So I’m not going to extend my contract, which expires at the end of next season, and will try to leave the club over the summer transfer window”
Roman has made 83 appearances for Tottenham with 33 goals, and we thought during the European Nations Cup in 2008 that he would be great at Newcastle, although he hasn’t done as well as we thought he would do in London.
Tottenham paid £14M for the 29 year-old in the summer of 2008, and he would probably cost less than that in the summer, since he would have only one year left on his contract.
Roman has played 371 first class club games and scored 179 goals, and he has represented Russia 37 times with 15 goals.
What do you think?