I want to keep Pavlyuchenko at Tottenham, insists Redknapp

Harry Redknapp insists he does not want to sell Roman Pavlyuchenko, despite speculation linking striker with move away

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Redknapp admits Pavlyuchenko has slipped down the pecking order at Spurs J Boyes, via Wikimedia

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Harry Redknapp insists he wants to keep Roman Pavlyuchenko after the Russian striker scored Tottenham’s winner against Sunderland on Sunday.

The 30-year-old raced onto Rafael van der Vaart’s pass and slotted his finish past Keiren Westwood to help Spurs seal a 1-0 victory to keep them in third place in the Premier League.

Pavlyuchenko has expressed his desire to leave White Hart Lane in recent months and has been linked with a move to London rivals Queens Park Rangers – but Redknapp maintains the former Spartak Moscow forward is still part of his plans.

“He’s a fantastic player. He’s got real talent. He’s got great ability, I think. He’s got a good left foot, a good right foot and is a great finisher,” Redknapp said.

“He’s top drawer but he’s just been unlucky. He didn’t start the season great. He hasn’t really shown the form that he’s capable of so he’s slipped down the pecking order a bit.

“It’s difficult. Some people are going to be upset they’re not in the team.

“Today I lost a wide man but I thought I’d change it and if you want someone to score he’s always likely to. I want to keep all four [strikers]. You need them all.”

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