Newcastle And Sunderland After Top Russian Striker?


Since Newcastle and Sunderland lost their two top English strikers in January, Carroll and Bent,  they will be after replacements this summer, and are likely to become interested in the same players.

Roman Pavlyuchenko – Newcastle interested?

There is some news today that both North East clubs could be interested in 29 year old Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Pavlyuchenko looked great for Russia in the European Championships back in the summer of 2008, and at the time quite a number of Newcastle fans would have loved Kevin Keegan to have brought the Russian striker to Tyneside.

But since then he’s had a bit of a tough time at Tottenham Hotspur, whom he signed for in a £14M deal in August of 2008, from former club Spartak Moscow following the European Championships.

Roman has not looked a top player for Tottenham and cannot get a starting place, but in 99 appearances he’s still managed to score 36 goals for Spurs, and for Spartak Moscow he notched 109 goals in 187 appearances for them, from 2003 through August of 2008.

6’2″ Pavlyuchenko will turn 30 in December, so he hardly fits the profile of younger players Newcastle will presumably be after in the summer.

The fee is estimated to be £10M, and Spurs will be unloading a number of their players in the summer, but they will have a hard job in getting their money back on players like Pavlyuchenko, Robbie Keane, David Bentley, Niko Kranjcar and Wilson Palacios, who are only bit players at the London club.

Personally we’d love to see Niko Kranjcar arrive on Tyneside, because he oozes class, but it looks like he’ll move to Spain or Italy in the summer, which is his preference.

We’d be surprised if Newcastle even go after Pavlyuchenko this summer, but we’ve been wrong before – many time before in fact. 😀

That will give some hope to Newcastle fans who like the big Russian striker.

Let us know what you think of Roman.

Comments welcome.



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72 comments so far

  • boonarmy

    May 12, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    not a chance ashley will pay 10 mil on a 29 year old, not good enough to be our new number 9 rather spend 15 on gamiero. 1 can dream 😀

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  • Stuart

    May 12, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    too old for MA to pay £10m for him. Not good enough anyway.

    Next rumour please.

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  • daneevz

    May 12, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Defoe and Rondon plz!!

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    May 12, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    No way – much prefer Defoe. We need pace and movement. Not for me then again I am not manager.

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  • toonarmy1986

    May 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    With Spurs missing out on Europe they could be f***d finacially as our decline started the second we got beat of Parizan Belgrade as Did Leeds when they missed out and Liverpool more recently. I really think we could pick up some bargains from Spurs like Hutton as we need a right back and can’t think of any better who we could get without spending big, Niko kranjcar and Jamie O’Hara who could all add to our squad and wouldn’t break the bank to get either.

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  • JAMSHA

    May 12, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    To old nw. But a gud replacement for strolla.

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  • toonarmy1986

    May 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    With Spurs missing out on the champions league they could be screwed financially as our decline started the second we got beat of Partizan Belgrade as did Leeds when they missed out and more recently Liverpool. I really think there is potential to pick up bargains like Hutton at right back as we need another right back and can’t think of many better without paying big money, Jamie O’Hara and Niko Kranjcar could all add to our squad for very little money and realistic wages.

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  • nightfa11

    May 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    noone of the tottenham strikers..all old..all on big wages…all overrated… would be a complete waste of money.. we can do better.. just stay away from defoe, crouch, pavlyuchenko, keane.

    would much prefer macheda for 5 mio.

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  • ashington-geordie

    May 12, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    I would much prefer Defoe, but Pavlyuchenko is still a great striker, and a great finisher which Is exactly what we need. Only thing is, he seems quite lazy, but I would love us to sign him if the price is right, even though he is 29, you need experience sometimes!

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  • nightfa11

    May 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    toonarmy1986 – we have barton, tiote, nolan, gosling, guthrie, vuckic and pardew plans to play ben afra in AMC position. where would ohara and kranjcar play? buy anything but CM..we are the strongest there.

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  • The Entertainers

    May 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Nope, next !

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  • lesh

    May 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry but I’d keep away form anything Sperz – the least we give ’em the better and it’s not up to us to bail them out of the pain of paying excessive spend and wages!

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  • The Entertainers

    May 12, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Elmander is a free, sounds good enough for me for back up to Osvaldo ( please !!! )

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  • Stuart

    May 12, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Nightfa11, I’d take a punt on Macheda aswell like.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 12, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Just wanted to ask – Does anyone know why we did not sign Luka Modric

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  • Stuart

    May 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    I think he was all but signed Indian Magpie but then he chose spurs at the last minute.

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  • nightfa11

    May 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Indian Magpie – as i recall we offered more then tottenham..even croatias coach Bilic adviced modric to join us, but he wanted to go to london.

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  • Brutooon

    May 12, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    better than Shola Ameobi? then YESSSSSS

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  • Sav

    May 12, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Here it comes – the summer transfer torture.

    Forget anything to do with Harry, Ed.
    He’ll want first editions and sterling silver in exchange for a box of broken crockery and a busted toaster.

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  • The Entertainers

    May 12, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Food for thought lads n lasses.
    I know everyone believes we are flush with cash . But obviously some of the cash goes on wages.
    1 player on £20,000 per week ( a modest wage in PL I think you’d agree haha ) is just over 1 million a year, tie the player down to a 4-5 yr contract and it’s 4-5 million in wages.
    We won’t get £35 million every season! So don’t expect stupid amounts of players coming through the door.
    Even if we sign Larsson , Elmander and Williams all on frees they potentially will cost us £15 million in wages!
    Big hole in cash gone already, remember Ashley is looking to keep us in the black, so he’ll spend what he’s got and nothing more. personally I expect 3-4 new players, but depending on departures, of which I expect no more than 2-3.

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  • Stuart

    May 12, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Brutoon, imo we have to set our ambitions for a new striker higher than ‘Better than Shola’ because the sad truth is it doesnt take much to be better than him.

    I want to see a big improvement, not just someone who is slightly better than Shola because they’re likely to still be shite haha.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Nightfall

    we offered more than Spurs, are you sure

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 12, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    @ the entertainers

    where does the 37 million of TV money gate recipts & merchandising revenue go.

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  • nightfa11

    May 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #24

    as i recall we offered over 16 mio (16,8 – dont ask me how i remember this number:))..but he went to spurs for 15.

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  • wynsleap

    May 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Sav – I like that. You are so right.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #26

    dont want pavluchenko he is too old better sign gameiro or sow or defoe or wickham

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  • Therapyman

    May 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Roman is a great footballer.. so why not.. at the right price… £15M for him AND Defoe… sounds fair ;o)

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  • The Entertainers

    May 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    @ indian mag

    Isn’t it obvious? …….. Ashleys back pocket! So
    Naive haha!

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  • Oba

    May 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #29

    roshan MAGPIE – Haha. Pav is too old? Yet Defoe, at 28, isn’t?

    I’d take Pavlyuchenko. Good striker, just hasn’t had a good enough chance at Spurs. Who cares about age? Giggs is playing at 37!

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  • Jammydodger

    May 12, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Elmander has 18 goals in 3 seasons at bolton, there is a reason he is free, if we end up with him all hope is lost much better to give Airey who again looked as sharp as a razor last night, a chance to push through into first team.
    Sensible buying is whats needed, utilise what we already have in tiote HBA guti barton and nolan. One things for sure we need a technical clinical pacey striker so HBA can feed him chances to bang away.
    Krul/Forster /Harper
    Simmo/ Tavernier
    Staylor/Williamson
    Collocini/Kadar or new CB
    Enrique if he stays /New and cover for LB
    Barton/Gosling/Larsson
    Tiote/Guthrie
    Nolan/ Vuckic/Ohara
    Guttierez /Ferguson
    HBA/New rw/cam / Lualua(loan or keep)
    New ST/another new ST/ Best/ Ranger(loan)/ Airey(loan)

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  • Stuart

    May 12, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #31

    The Entertainers, I think you’re the naive one mate if you think MA is allowed to just pocket the TV rights etc money.

    Whats more believable is that he pumps that money into the club rather than any of his own money.

    Pretty sure the FA would have something to say about it if MA’s bank balance got an extra £37m every year and the club got nowt.

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  • TimToon9

    May 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #32

    @jammydodger
    Have to agree with your line-up, but was really hoping for a new pacey winger instead of barton, then move barton to the middle with tiote. With as many suspensions and injuries we have, Nolan will still play plenty.. But would also love if Lua Lua got a chance, same goes for fergie and airey

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  • Davies

    May 12, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #33

    With you on that one Stuart. THe money belongs to the club, not the owner, no matter how much we owe him.

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  • JUGGALO TOON ™

    May 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #34

    I like Pavy & would welcome him to the club, but 10m is the biggest joke I have ever heard 3-4m max

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  • jimmyxavi

    May 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Players whoe we could attract from the premiership (wages dependant) –

    Att – Pavlyuchenko, Moses, Defoe, Ba,
    Mid – Bentley, Larrson, O’Hara, Krankjar, Jarvis,Palacios, Noble, Collison
    Def – Hutton, Tomkins, Upson, Roger Johnson
    Gk – Green

    I know most are from West Ham and Tottenham but I think most of them would make very good squad players – I’d take Pav and Defoe upfront anyday of the week – They’re strikers who have got there team to the top 6!

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  • boonarmy

    May 12, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #36

    the entertainers

    If mike ashley buys a player out of the 35 million only this years wages will come out of that not the whole 5 year contract.

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  • boonarmy

    May 12, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #37

    next years even*

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  • berToon

    May 12, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Cant believe anyone would even consider defoe or pavlyuchenko if they are not good enough for spurs why would they be good enough for us

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  • JUGGALO TOON ™

    May 12, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #39

    @ Stuart

    I’m sorry but I agree with The Entertainers if the clubs owes him money then yes of course he can pocket it how else would we pay him back?

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  • boater

    May 12, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Brutooon – Shola’s fine as back up. We just need a couple of strikers ahead of him in the pecking order.

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