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Lokomotiv to renew bid to sign Pavlyuchenko

Lokomotiv Moscow are preparing a fresh bid for Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko after failing to sign him earlier this season, but the player's agent insists he has no plans to leave Spurs.

After failing to make an impression under Harry Redknapp it was thought Pavlyuchenko would return home to Russia. But Redknapp refused to entertain bids for the striker.

Pavlyuchenko fought his way into the Spurs side after scoring twice from the bench in a 3-0 win at Wigan Athletic in February and went on to score eight goals in seven games.

However, Pavlyuchenko failed to hit the back of the net after scoring against Fulham in the FA Cup in late March, leading to speculation he could still leave White Hart Lane.

Lokomotiv remain at the head of the queue for his signature.

"In the coming days we will once again enter into negotiations about Pavlyuchenko," Lokomotiv president Nikolai Naumov told the Russian press. "We need attacking players, especially a forward."

Lokomotiv's interest was confirmed by the player's agent, Oleg Artemov. He said: "Having the coach's trust, the player's performance and Tottenham's qualification for the Champions League are three major factors why Pavlyuchenko has remained in England.

"Now we can say with confidence that he has adapted to the championship. Roman is ready to fulfil his contract. But to say there will be no more negotiations would be categorical and incorrect.

"Lokomotiv, judging by the words of (coach Yuri) Semin and Naumov, are going to sign a strong forward this summer - and will certainly not be averse to resuming negotiations on the transfer of Pavlyuchenko."

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