Spurs and Birmingham open talks over striker deal - Exclusive
Published 22:59 27/01/10 By James Nursey
Birmingham have begun negotiations with Spurs over their Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Tottenham flop Pavlyuchenko has emerged as Brum boss Alex McLeish’s top target to bolster his attack this month.
And Birmingham, backed by new owner Carson Yeung’s cash, have notified Spurs of their intentions.
The two clubs are now trying to agree a fee after Spurs paid £13.8million to Spartak Moscow for Pavlyuchenko in August 2008.
City’s initial offer of £6m for Pavlyuchenko has been dismissed by the White Hart Lane club.
But Spurs are willing to accept £8m cash up front for the out-of-favour forward, plus a number of add-ons, increasing the potential fee to £12-13m.
Birmingham are now set to return with an improved offer as Yeung is desperate for a big-name hit man to boost the club’s profile.
MirrorFootball revealed earlier this month that ambitious City were interested in Pavlyuchenko.
As part of Birmingham’s negotiations with Tottenham they have also been offered midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
But McLeish believes his midfield is strong enough after purchasing Michel and Craig Gardner as revealed by MirrorFootball on December 23 and January 2 respectively.