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Harry Redknapp: A difficult act to follow?

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Harry Redknapp: A difficult act to follow? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It would be all too easy to attriubte the recent success of Tottenham Hotspur to Harry Redknapp. Breaking into the top 4 is no mean feat, one yet to be emulated by anyone other than cashbags Manchester City for quite some time.

Spurs, Dortmund to battle over midfielder

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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly inquired about the availability of Russian play-maker Alan Dzagoev, who is also believed to be a target of German champions Borussia Dortmund.

Dzagoev scored three goals over the course of Russia's somewhat surprising Euro 2012 group stage elimination and it has since been believed that potential suitors must be prepared to bid at least £15 million for the 22-year old's services.

On Wigan, Liverpool and the fall of the Roman Empire

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Poka, Pav

It has been one hell of a busy fortnight in the world of Tottenham Hotspur – and not a whisper of any of it from The Boys From White Hart Lane. For shame.

So, in a desperate attempt to catch up - and stay relevant – TBFWHL is taking a look back at 14 days in which Spurs stumbled into the fifth round of the FA Cup, re-entered the title race after a brief remission and brought in a couple of battle-hardened veterans at the expense of a cult hero.

Pav bids farewell

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Amidst all the loan deals away from White Hart Lane yesterday there was one permanent departure and it came in the shape of Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko who has departed for Lokomotiv Moscow for a fee in the region of £7.5m.

It had been an unhappy eighteen months at the Lane for Pav, punctuated by occasional match winning strikes against the likes of Birmingham last season and against Sunderland a few weeks ago, where his solitary goal could yet prove vital in the course of the season.

Will Black Cats pounce for Pav?

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The transfer rumours involving Spurs are very slowly starting to spark into life with stories that Roman Pavlyuchenko could be the first and possibly only departure from White Hart Lane this summer.

Yesterday, Pav's vocal agent Oleg Artemov claimed that Spurs had extended the Russian's contract until June 2013.

Anyone catch your eye from this list of ‘available’ strikers?

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While Loic Remy may not be available until the end of the season, if you believe PSG's new manager Carlo Ancelotti, there are a number of options this month in the striking department for Spurs to consider.

Big spending PSG attract a lot of attention at the moment and when quizzed about possible targets, Ancelotti gave reporters a list of names that are supposedly being touted around clubs by their agents.

Links to Loftus Road emerge again

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As soon as the QPR takeover was announced in the summer, a host of Spurs players were linked with a move to West London. Ultimately, none of these transfers materialised but it's inevitable to see further stories emerge as the January transfer window approaches.

Spurs fans will be no stranger to Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent Oleg Artemov who has been very vocal about his client's next move in recent weeks.

Will Ade’s form lead to a barren January sales?

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Two of Tottenham's current strike force were in the news this weekend as the January transfer window rapidly approaches. While more stories surfaced concerning the possibility of a permanent move for Emmanuel Adebayor, the manager himself came out and stated his view on a possible departure for Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Pav’s misery set to continue

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 Roman Pavlyuchenko has been ruled out of tonight's game with PAOK as a freak training injury is set to see him endure a spell on the side lines.

Yesterday, manager Harry Redknapp said after Pav's knee problem came to light,

'It doesn't look very good. He just banged it on Andros Townsend's head.

Match Report: Rubin Kazan 1 – 0 Spurs

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Spurs: Cudicini; Fredericks; Gallas (Parrett); Bassong; Townsend; Falque; Livermore; Carroll; Pienaar; Pavlyuchenko (Kane); Defoe

Tonights game at Central Stadium was always going to be tough for Spurs, no matter which team had been picked. Rubin Kazan have some experienced heads from Russian League and European football and they showed it with a commanding performance against a Spurs team that had a mix of youth and experience.

Pavlyuchenko linked with a move across London

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It's not entirely clear why, but if you read the papers today it seems as if QPR are emerging as the front runners to sign Roman Pavlyuchenko when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Pav situation is getting a little tiresome and as our most vocal of players when he isn't featuring in the first team squad, the Russian has been bemoaning his lack of first team action once again.

Redknapp to send young team to face Rubin Kazan away

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A 33rd minute pile driving free kick from Roman Pavlyuchenko secured the narrowest of 1-0 wins for Spurs against a determined Rubin Kazan side last night. The win puts Tottenham two points clear at the top of the group and has almost guaranteed their qualification for the next phase of the Europa League.

Pav-erage-lachenko’s Post Rubin Quotes – A Positive Change for Good This Time!?

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Roman Pav-erage-lachenko once again temporarily silenced his critics and showed why he is the most frustrating Spurs player in the history of the game. Month after month of mediocrity with flashes of quality few and far between. And last night brought us one of those flashes, and was swiftly followed up with his latest mood swing in his post match comments.

Unsettled forward set for Spurs exit?

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Tottenham Hotspur Harry Redknapp has refused to assure Roman Pavlyuchenko that the Russian striker is a part of the long-term plans at White Hart Lane and in fact, the Spurs boss has hinted that the player's persistent wish to be sold may be granted in the near future.

Pavlyuchenko, 29, has made only two substitute appearances in the Barclays Premier League this season and although Redknapp hopes that the Russian continues to showcase his talent in the Europa League when Rubin Kazan pay a visit tonight, the gaffer has made it clear that he expects more.

Pavlyuchenko and Gomes in swap rumours

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A couple of swap deals could be on the cards this January with both Roman Pavlyuchenko and Heurelho Gomes being used as potential bait to bring new faces to the Lane.

While Pav has only featured as a fringe player this season, Gomes has been reduced to third choice goalkeeper after some high profile errors towards the end of last season.

Pav move rumours surface again

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Stop me if you've heard it before but the stories in the newspapers and over the web today are full of reports that Roman Pavlyuchenko wants out of the Lane in January.

Pav hasn't been given the game time that he has craved so far this season but when he has appeared, his performances have been lacklustre to say the least.

Harry: Pav needs to show more fight

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Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has told Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to ‘show more fight' after some listless performances so far this season.

While Pav is one of only three recognised strikers at White Hart Lane, new arrival Emmanuel Adebayor has quickly settled into a first choice partnership with Jermain Defoe which has left the Russian consigned to the bench.

Russia

Backpage Roundup: Dzagoev, Kalou, van Persie and More

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English: Alan Dzagoev with the Russia national football team in 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wenger Keen to Recruit Dzagoev

Coach Arsene Wenger is keen to sign Russia's in-form attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who is lightening up the European Championship these days with his goal scoring exploits.

Russia's Arshavin Back To His Best In Czech Win

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Andrey Arshavin has not had a good time in the English Premier League in the season that just ended. The Russian captain fell out of love with the Arsenal faithful and more crucially, with Arsene Wenger. In a bid to ensure top condition for Euro 2012, Arshavin returned to Zenit St. Petersburg for regular football.

Super (Lazy) Pavlyuchenko Told He is Too Fat to Play For Russia in the Euros

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Pav in "training" with Russia Following a dull 0-0 draw between Russia and Lithuania in which ex- Spur Pavlyuchenko played the second 45 minutes, the lazy git has been told by his manager that he is too fat and if he wants to play in the Euros he has one week to lose weight.

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Russia Can Make Presence Felt At Euro 2012

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There are not many football fans expecting to see the name of Russia engraved on the Euro 2012 Trophy this year but the Russian team, managed by former Glasgow Rangers manager, Dick Advocaat, are certainly capable of going a long way in the competition and should not be written off from raising a few eye [.

Pav in demand but not at Spurs

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The most vocal of football agents Oleg Artemov has been touting his client Roman Pavlyuchenko around this week with Anzi the latest Russian club to be linked with the striker.

"At the beginning, Roman absolutely ignored Anzhi," Artemov told the Russian press.

"He wasn't against going back to Russia, but not to the Makhachkala-based team, but Pavlyuchenko is tired of the uncertainty and the lack of match action.

Opinion

Which was your THFC goal of the season?

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This is an informal poll largely because it's easy to forget contenders at times so please just share your thoughts on what were your best strikes from 2011-12.

There are of course the obvious contenders – Kyle Walker's free kick against Blackburn and also his winner against Arsenal.

Is there a better alternative to Pav?

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When Aaron Lennon limped out of yesterday's action on 27 minutes, it must have been tempting for manager Harry Redknapp to look at the midfield alternatives he had waiting on the bench.

Either Niko Kranjcar or Steven Pienaar could have been a more obvious choice but Harry's positive move of putting Roman Pavlyuchenko on the pitch was to eventually pay off.

Spurs striker problems a distant memory

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In August I wrote an article asking if Harry Redknapp could solve our striker crisis from within, rather than investing in a new forward. At the time, we had the option of selecting either Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch or Roman Pavlyuchenko to play alongside Rafael Van der Vaart, who enjoyed a superb debut season in a Tottenham shirt.

Hit or Miss? Roman Pavlyuchenko

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As last season began to draw to a close, it seemed as though Roman Pavlyuchenko would be the first player to leave White Hart Lane this summer. Despite leading the scoring amongst our three regular strikers, Pav was very vocal in his desire to leave for a chance of more regular football.

All that seemed to change following his two long range strikes against Birmingham City on the last day of the campaign.

The Rest

Who’s for the White Hart Lane exit door?

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Yesterday we looked at the possibility of new arrivals at White Hart Lane and the general consensus was that we were due for a quiet day. Later in the evening, reports suggested that Vedran Corluka was a target for Bayer Leverkusen and they seem to be gaining momentum this morning.

At the start of the month, Harry said that the Croatian would definitely not be leaving but after omitting him from the cup games where much of the fringe side appear, it may well be that Charlie is on his way.

Spurs regain that winning feeling

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What has two thumbs and couldn't be more desperate to leave?Hold tight comrades, this is the serious shit now. Rejuvenated Sunderland came to the Lane on Sunday with a cunning plan to further derail our campaign after the damage inflicted by Corporal Pulis' Stoke Taskforce the week before (ably assisted by rear gunner Foy, it must be said).

Toon after £60m worth of players according to rumours – yeah right!

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Typically, the weekend's press contained many rumours linking Newcastle United to various players, some of which I provide a summary of in this article. Amidst the rants of Llambias and the mutterings of discontent or otherwise about the stadium renaming, there was also a healthy serving of transfer speculation on the weekend.

The Carling Cup doesn't matter

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The selection of a child in Tottenham's lineup added fuel to the suggestion that Redknapp wasn't too bothered about the Carling CupFredi Kanoute, Michael Brown, Jermaine Jenas, Pascal Chimbonda, David Bentley, Jamie O'Hara and now Roman Pavlyuchenko and Massimo Luongo. It's just as, if not a little bit more, depressing a list as Pearce, Waddle, Southgate, Batty, Vassell, etc.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Stoke v Spurs inc. Pen Misses

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Here we go then, I didn't see the match, no streams, instead wasted almost three hours of my life listening to paint dry on the radio. Here are the highlights, they're worth watching if only to see Pav's woeful penalty.
As always, get watching before it gets taken down.

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