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.