Royals keen on all Russian front-line.
Struggling Reading are lining up a shock transfer window swoop to bring flop Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko back to the Premier League.
The Royals’ Russian owner, Anton Zingarevich, and director of football Nicky Hammond flew to Moscow on a scouting mission last weekend and were believed to be watching Pavlyuchenko.
The 31-year-old only joined Spartak Moscow from Spurs in an £8million deal last January, but could be tempted by one big pay-day at the Madejski Stadium as the Royals fight to stay in the top flight.
Struggling Reading are seeking a replacement up front for Pavlyuchenko’s Russia team-mate Pavel Pogrebnyak, who has failed to impress since arriving a £65,000-a-week deal in the summer.
Pavlyuchenko scored 21 goals in 78 Premier League games during a four-year stint at Tottenham.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Reading could line-up with an all Russia front two after January if the Royals can pull of a dramatic deal to bring former Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko back to the Premier League.
Russia international Pavel Pogrebnyak is already on the books at the Madjeski Stadium but the powerful striker has failed to recapture the form that he showed on loan at Fulham last season.
‘Super Pav’ is fondly remembered by Tottenham supporters, although the 31-year-old was never a consistent performer at White Hart Lane.
Harry Redknapp famously told the forward, who spoke limited English even after four years in North London, to ‘run around a bit’ but the former Spurs boss rarely gave Pavlyuchenko an opportunity to display his talents – running or otherwise.
Pav was mostly limited to sub appearances or starts in the Europa League or League Cup for Tottenham, despite his knack of scoring brilliant and/or crucial goals.
If Brian McDermott can give the striker an extended run in the first team, alongside his compatriot, perhaps Pav can be the man to save Reading from the drop?
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