Agent confirms Sunderland interest in Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak

Representative of the Russian international believes his client would shine in the Premier League, and he reveals that clubs in England and Germany are chasing the forward
Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is a target for a number of clubs in England including Sunderland, according to the player's agent.

The Russian international is reportedly seeking a fresh challenge after spending the past two seasons in Germany and the player's agent says he has been approached by the Black Cats.

"They are one of the clubs who approached us concerning Pavel," Oleg Artemov told Sovetsky Sport.

"Besides them, there are some other teams from England and Germany who contact me from time to time, testing the waters for possible cooperation.

"So we just call each other and talk. Nothing of that went as far as some negotiations between the clubs."

Artemov admits he is excited at the prospect of watching his client play in the Premier League but concedes the player will have the final say about his next move.

He added: "Pogrebnyak has proved in Germany that he is a skilled football player.

"It would be interesting for me to watch him play in the English league, but it's up to the player.

"One thing I can tell you for sure is that Pavel will not be without a decent team."

The 27-year-old, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool and Tottenham, could, however, end up staying with Stuttgart for another season, by the end of which he would be able to leave on a free transfer.

He added: "Nothing has changed. Pavel has one more year left on his contract. Usually in this case the club would begin talks about a renewal or a sale, but Stuttgart keep silent.

"I can imagine a situation where Pavel sticks with Stuttgart until the end of his contract and moves to another team as a free agent. Any option is possible."

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