Liverpool are the latest side to be linked with a bid for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
The Russian is out of favour under Harry Redknapp at Spurs and has recently signalled his desire to quit the London club in January.
But the Reds are suffering a cash-flow crisis at the moment, meaning that they may attempt to get their man on loan for the rest of the season.
Benitez is struggling for forward options currently, with Fernando Torres fitness a constant doubt currently, and the Liverpool manager sees Pavlyuchenko as an ideal stand-in for the Spaniard.
Tottenham are unlikely to sanction such a deal however, as they are aiming to recoup the Â£14m they shelled out for Pavlyuchenko in August 2008.
Pavlyuchenko himself has however signalled that his preferred destination is a move back to Russia.
AC Milan, Birmingham and Valencia have all been linked with the Russian, but he feels he would be best served by returning to his homeland.
He said, “If there is a good offer from Russia, I’ll accept it. If I was to join a team from Germany or Spain, I would lose a lot of time acclimatizing and at my age that’s not very desirable.”
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