Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez wants Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko on loan
Published 23:00 11/11/09 By David Maddock
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is spending the international break considering his options for reinforcements in the January transfer window.
And while it is unlikely he will have funds available to make a permanent signing, the Anfield boss will look for a loan striker to act as cover.
The Spanish coach has sounded out advisors for Spurs forward Roman Pavlyuchenko, who indicated yesterday that he will press to leave the London club in January after failing to gain a regular first team place.
Benitez sees him as the ideal stand in for Torres, and given his international pedigree he could do a job for Liverpool to put him into the spotlight before the World Cup gets underway next summer.
The Liverpool manager will also think about approaching his former club Real Madrid to talk about taking Dutch forward Rafael van der Vaart who has confirmed he will be leaving the Bernabeu in the January transfer window.
Benitez will hope to get either player on loan, with the idea of a permanent deal in the summer when he will have more transfer funds.
He will look to finance the wages of any loan signing by offloading Italian defender Andrea Dossena, who is close to concluding a deal with Napoli to take him back home when the window opens.
Pavlyuchenko has admitted he is desperate to leave Tottenham because six months on the bench has cost him his place in the Russian team.
Asked if he was planning to leave in January, the striker said: "Yes, because it's impossible for me to stay in the present situation.
"I've been sitting on the bench for half a year now and because of that I've lost my place on the national team."