Welliton willing to join Spurs

Spartak Moscow starlet Welliton has hinted he would welcome a move to Tottenham Hotspur as part of a swap deal involving want-away striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The Brazilian has taken the Russian league by storm this season with 21 goals in 28 appearances as Moscow finished runners-up to Rubin Kazan in the title race.

Meanwhile, Pavlyuchenko has been linked with a return to his former club after falling further down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

Former Spurs boss Juande Ramos splashed out £13.8 million on the Russian international after impressing in the European Championships, but he has found his chances limited this season following the arrival of Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch.

Welliton has caught the eye following Pavlyuchenko’s departure in 2008 but admits he would be open to a part-exchange deal and is a big admirer of the North Londoners.

“Tottenham are a famous club with a good infrastructure,” Welliton said.

The 23-year-old, though, insisted he would also be happy to re-forge his partnership with Pavlyuchenko – should he return to his homeland.

Welliton added: “Of course I’d be happy if we signed him. I don’t see any reason to be upset. I only have pleasant memories of playing together with him.

“We are both versatile forwards who would complement each other.”