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Spartak interested in Pavlyuchenko

Roman Pavlyuchenko's former club Spartak Moscow have stated they are keen on signing the striker from Tottenham at the end of the season.

• Pavlyuchenko: I want to leave

Pavlyuchenko recently told the Russian press he was "tired" of working under Harry Redknapp and has been linked with both Roma and Newcastle in anticipation of him leaving White Hart Lane.

But the Russia international, who joined Tottenham after impressing at Euro 2008 with his country, may yet return to his former side.

Spartak director Dmitri Popov told "Roman Pavlyuchenko is a top-class player. In the Russian championship he has scored goals consistently, plus he has a Russian passport. In addition he has played for the club.

"Therefore you can understand why we are interested. The thing will be the price that Tottenham want. Last year we made an official offer and never received a reply."

Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has played his first full match since suffering a groin injury 15 months ago. Woodgate lasted the duration of a behind-closed-doors game against QPR on Wednesday.


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