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The Russian striker says he would like to stay longer at White Hart Lane but is not getting enough playing time and claims the Black Cats are monitoring his situation

Roman Pavlyuchenko has revealed that he is desperate to leave Tottenham and claims Sunderland are keen on signing him.

The Russian international appears to have fallen further down the pecking order up front at White Hart Lane following the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City and – with Harry Redknapp admitting to being "overloaded" in such an area – is now keen on a move away from north London.

Pavlyuchenko told The Daily Mail: "My agent is in London. He met the chairman Daniel Levy to try to find a way out, but so far there is no solution.

"We gave the option of going out on loan for six months but Levy opposed it. The team have five forwards, and someone will not even get into the squad, so I should leave.

"We can find options. I know that Sunderland have been actively interested in me.

"In England, miracles can happen on the last day of the transfer window. So there is hope, but it is very small."

Steve Bruce appears keen on the Russian and would be eager to bolster Sunderland’s striking options in order to plug the gap that was left by Darren Bent when he joined Aston Villa in January of this year.

Pavlyuchenko found himself in the first team for both the Europa League encounters with Hearts in recent weeks but was named on the bench for Tottenham’s two Premier League fixtures thus far.

With a squad containing forward options for Redknapp that include Adebayor, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Rafael Van Der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko is realistic about his potentially limited playing time.

"I still want to stay and extend my contract, especially since everything suits me at Tottenham," he continued.

"Everything except playing time. But when I am not allowed on the pitch, renewing the contract doesn't make sense."

The former Spartak Moscow man arrived at White Hart Lane in 2008 for around £14 million.

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