Tottenham set to ditch Arshavin interest
Friday 01 August 2008
Tottenham are set to end their interest in bringing Russia forward Andrei Arshavin to White Hart Lane but Roman Pavlyuchenko is among the list of players they are still looking at.
Zenit St Petersburg have invited Spurs to make a bid upwards of £20m for Arshavin, who caught the eye at Euro 2008, but it is understood that the Barclays Premier League club will focus their attention elsewhere.
Dennis Lachter, Arshavin's advisor, had previously claimed that the 27-year-old was ready to join Spurs and that head coach Juande Ramos had "explained his vision of football" to the playmaker. Lachter also spoke of the problems negotiating with Russian clubs.
Zenit have accepted that Arshavin will leave - his preference was a move to Spanish giants Barcelona - but Spurs did not lodge a bid for him.
Arshavin recently told Newsweek magazine: "My only wish is to play with a stronger team. If Zenit agrees with Chelsea or Arsenal, I will gladly join either of them."
Tottenham are in the market for a striker following the departure of Robbie Keane to Liverpool, and with Dimitar Berbatov making it clear he wants to leave White Hart Lane.
Sporting director Damien Comolli and chairman Daniel Levy are working on a list of players, having already signed Luka Modric, Giovani dos Santos, Heurelho Gomes, John Bostock and David Bentley.
Spartak Moscow striker Pavlyuchenko is one of the players they are monitoring but a move for him has not gathered pace yet. Germany forward Lukas Podolski also claimed Spurs were interested in him earlier in the summer.
Diego Milito's agent this week ruled out a switch to Tottenham for the Real Zaragoza forward, while Real Madrid midfielder Ruben De la Red looks set to remain at the Bernabeu.
Meanwhile, Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has criticised Levy in the Spanish press, accusing him of "hypocrisy" for his attack on Manchester United after Spurs recruited Ramos last season.
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