Lokomotiv Moscow to mount a bid to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko

Striker wants to stay at White Hart Lane...
Lokomotiv Moscow are set to enter into negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur with a view to signing Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The striker experienced a troubled start to the season and was heavily linked with a move away from Spurs, after admitting that he was considering leaving White Hart Lane earlier in the season.

However, the Russia international has since gone on to strike a rich vein of form and shone towards the business end of the season, helping his side achieve a monumental fourth place finish in the Premier League.

Lokomotiv had previously tried to sign the forward, and another bid is expected to be in the offing.

"In the coming days we will once again enter into negotiations about Pavlyuchenko," the club's president, Nikolai Naumov, told the Russian media.

"We need attacking players, especially a forward."

The player's agent, Oleg Artemov, has insisted that the 28-year-old would like to continue plying his trade at White Hart Lane, but maintained that the Russian club would try to lure the hitman anyway.

"Having the coach's trust, the player's performance and Tottenham's qualification for the Champions League are three major factors why Pavlyuchenko has remained in England," he said.

"Now we can say with confidence that he has adapted to the championship.

"Roman is ready to fulfil his contract. But to say there will be no more negotiations would be categorical and incorrect.

"Lokomotiv, judging by the words of [coach Yuri] Semin and Naumov are going to sign a strong forward this summer - and will certainly not be averse to resuming negotiations on the transfer of Pavlyuchenko."

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