McLeish confirms Pavlyuchenko interest

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Birmingham City manager, Alex McLeish has expressed his desire to bring Roman Pavlyuchenko to St Andrews.

Birmingham are keen on bringing in a new striker to add some firepower to his squad and McLeish is looking for a player of proven quality to lead the line.

Ryan Babel and Kenwyne Jones have also been linked, but the Russian forward is reportedly top of his wishlist.

Pavlyuchenko has made no secret of his desire to quit White Hart Lane, with numerous clubs from his homeland expressing an interest.

Spurs have indicated that they are willing to sell if the price is right and with the imminent arrival of Eidur Gudjohnsen, it seems that his days as a Spurs player are numbered.

McLeish told Sky Sports, “I would take Pavlyuchenko, of course I would.

“Whether we could afford it and take that step, as it would be a big step for us to go for a player like that, and certainly if wages were not too outrageous, then that would be reasonably attractive – he is a great player.”

McLeish is however, not so keen on paying the £13million asking price Spurs have slapped on Pavlyuchenko’s head, as they aim to recoup the money they paid for him.

“I think we would be struggling to pay that. We have said we have £20 to £40million to spend, but I doubt we would be spending that at this juncture and I don’t think we need to.

“We would like to keep the bigger money for the summer, but if there is a deal to be done, I would hope I would have the full backing (of the board).

“We need a striker before the window closes, it is imperative.”

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