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Spurs flop Roman Pavlyuchenko rules out move to Zenit

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has turned down a move to Zenit St Petersburg, leaving his White Hart Lane future in limbo with less than half of the January transfer window remaining.

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Pavlyuchenko has made only four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and Tottenham are willing to let him leave North London if any club matches their valuation, reported to be £15 million.

Liverpool, Birmingham and Roma have all been linked with Pavlyuchenko but it appears that the former Spartak Moscow striker has no intention of moving to a rival Russian side in January.

"In the last couple of days I have received an avalanche of phone calls from my friends and the media asking if it is true I will move to Zenit," Pavlyuchenko said in the Mirror. "Some papers had presented it as if my transfer had already gone through.

"I may disappoint some and calm down others by saying that my move to St Petersburg is not an issue. And I must stress this is my personal choice. I just cannot imagine myself wearing Zenit's shirt."

Zenit have also confirmed that their interest in the player has ended after Tottenham refused to allow Pavlyuchenko to leave the club on a temporary basis.

"The directors were considering loaning Roman Pavlyuchenko for six months until the summer, to decide whether to buy him," said Zenit president Aleksandr Dyukov. "Unfortunately, this proposal didn't suit Tottenham. We wouldn't like to buy him at this moment."


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