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Ruud van Nistelrooy is once again being touted with a move to the Lilywhites...

Tottenham Hotspur could reignite their interest in signing Ruud van Nistelrooy from Real Madrid if they can find a buyer for the unsettled Roman Pavlyuchenko, according to a report.

The unlikely move has been touted by the Daily Mail as a possibility after the north London club received a transfer request from their Russian striker this week.

Manager Harry Redknapp has been keen to start the season with four strikers and felt that things had been settled after he signed Peter Crouch and sold Darren Bent.

Pavlyuchenko has been unimpressed with his lack of opportunities in the opening three matches however and now wants to leave White Hart Lane.

Should Tottenham find a new club for the Russian then they could make a move to try and tempt Van Nistelrooy after having already made contact in June.

Talks between Madrid and Spurs were held two months ago regarding several players, but the negotiations stalled because of player wages.

Now though Van Nistelrooy may consider the move because his chances of playing regularly at Madrid could be limited after the arrival of Karim Benzema.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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