Former Tottenham stars could be sold for combined €16.5 million Russian windfall

Roman Pavlyuchenko on the Ball

Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka are wanted men in Russia and Turkey.

Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka have now been team-mates for the past five seasons spanning two different clubs and time zones; but that could all be about to change.

Corluka signed for Spurs in the summer of 2008 for a fee of £5.5million from Manchester City; ironically now he joined Spurs to chase silverware just one day before City were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group.

Pavlyuchenko signed in the same year for £13.7 million from Spartak Moscow and the pair were initially hits at White Hart Lane.

But as time went by both players saw their first-team opportunities dry up and in the summer of 2012 Corluka agreed a move to Lokomotiv Moscow; with Spurs recouping the entire fee they paid City for the versatile defender.

Six months later Pavyluchenko joined him at the Russian outfit; but now it seems that both players could once again be on the move.

Russian daily Izvestia report that bids have been lodged for both players this week with Zenit St Petersburg keen on adding Corluka and Turkish outfit Fenerbahce equally as appraising of the Russian striker for next season.

The Pavlyuchenko deal could certainly happen. He has not recaptured any form of goalscoring magnitude in his homeland and has been widely criticised in the Russian press for his poor performances with The Railwaymen.

However Lokomotiv are struggling to agree on a fee for the player; with Fener reluctant to go above €7 million while the Russian club are holding out for €8 million.

The case of Corluka on the other hand is far clearer; Lokomotiv do not want to sell but with Zenit St Petersburg calling that is not always an option.

The mega-rich club are willing to spend €8.5 million on the 27-year-old defender as a replacement for recent Fenerbahce signing Bruno Alves.

This conjecture comes largely from current rip-tides in the Lokomotiv board and changing rooms over the future of fellow Croat and current head coach Slaven Bilic.

But Lokomotiv are imperative he won’t be sold; however Zenit may convince them otherwise.

When Spurs signed the duo their combined cost was in the region of £19 million while, in today’s market, it seems Lokomotiv may have to do with making just £14 million; a reduction of £5 million - give or take - if they are to flog these former North London stars this summer.

Who knows? Maybe a Premier League team could have a crack at them?

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