Report: Roman Pavlyuchenko set for swift return to football at Kuban Krasnodar

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The former Tottenham Hotspur striker is without a club after being released by Lokomotic Moscow this summer.

Roman Pavlyuchenko’s brief stint in football’s wilderness could soon be over with reports emerging from Russia, by the likes of footballtop.ru, that Kuban Krasnodar are in talks with the former Tottenham Hotspur man.

‘Super Pav’ arrived at White Hart Lane from Spartak Moscow off the back of an impressive Euro 2008 showing, for a cool £13.7 million - as reported by the Guardian.

He never quite settled in the Premier League and the great goalscorer Spurs thought they were buying, never really materialised.

Pavlyuchenko returned to Russia in January 2012 - this time to Lokomotiv Moscow - after falling down the striking pecking order at White Hart Lane and with a total of 21 goals in his 78 appearances.

The Russian’s penchant for great goals, however, has ensured a cult status among Spurs fans and he will perhaps best be remembered for his impossible strike against Young Boys in a Champions League qualifier, which ultimately swung the tie in Tottenham’s favour.

His three years at Lokomotiv were not entirely successful either, managing just 15 goals in 71 games, and he was duly released this summer after his contract expired.

The footballtop.ru report quotes his agent as claiming there was interest from Spain in the player, but Krasnodor’s General Director, Valeriy Statsenko, has revealed the club are in talks with the former Spurs man, stating:

“Negotiations are underway with Pavlyuchenko, there is nothing more I can say”

There may still be some footballing life in the 33-year old yet, and Spurs fans will be sure to keep half an eye on Super Pav's progress.

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