Spurs ready to swap Roman for Ruud?

Tottenham Hotspur are said to be willing to consider allowing Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to move to Real Madrid in a part-exchange deal that would take Ruud van Nistelrooy to White Hart Lane. Former Manchester United striker Van Nistelrooy, 32, has been linked heavily with a move to North London in recent days, with a fee of just £1.75 million being touted in sections of the press. However it seems Spurs may now sanction a deal that would see Pavlyuchenko move the other way, with Spanish newspaper Marca claiming sources in Russia have told them an exchange deal involving the two strikers could materialise in the coming weeks. The report goes on to claim Harry Redknapp is unhappy with Pavlyuchenko’s goal tally for the London club, or the former Spartak Moscow man’s lack of English. The Russian scored 14 goals in his debut season in England, but crucially only five in the Premier League. Van Nistelrooy, meanwhile, scored 10 goals for Real in the first dozen games of this season, before being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury. The Dutchman, of course, has extensive Premier League experience, having played 150 league matches for Manchester United between 2001 and 2006, scoring 95 goals. If a move to Tottenham was to be completed, Harry Redknapp would be hoping Van Nistelrooy could recover from his injury sufficiently enough to add to that tally.

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