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Aug 15, 2008

Zenit cut asking price for Spurs target Arshavin

Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of signing Andrei Arshavin were revitalised on Friday after Zenit St Petersburg claimed to have lowered their original £20million asking price and hinted that a deal could be done in the next few days.

Despite missing the first two group games through suspension, Arshavin illuminated Russia's Euro 2008 campaign and became one of the most coveted players in Europe.

Spurs' initial approach for the 27-year-old failed to progress after the two clubs couldn't agree a fee, though there were also reports that Arshavin favoured a move to giants Barcelona over a switch to the Premier League.

However, a conversation between Arshavin and Spurs coach Juande Ramos is thought to have changed the player's mind.

Speaking to Russian newspaper Sovetsky Sport Zenit sporting director Konstantin Sarsaniya suggested a deal could be concluded over the weekend and said: 'There are only small differences left. Zenit have decided to reduce the asking price for Andrei, but exactly how much I cannot say because the negotiations were led by Zenit president Alexander Dyukov.'

With Robbie Keane having left Spurs for Liverpool and Dimitar Berbatov seeking a move to Manchester United, Darren Bent is Spurs' only recognised striker and Ramos is keen to bolster his forward line.

In recent weeks Ramos has also been linked with Arshavin's Russian team-mate Roman Pavlyuchenko and Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz.

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