Spurs seal deal for Pavlyuchenko

Tottenham have completed the signing of Roman Pavlyuchenko from Spartak Moscow, strengthening an attack that has failed to fire so far this season.

Roman Pavlyuchenko arrives at London's Heathrow on Friday, prior to signing for Tottenham Hotspur.
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LONDON // Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Roman Pavlyuchenko from Spartak Moscow, strengthening an attack that has failed to fire in two Premier League games this season. The north London club did not disclose details of the deal, but will no doubt appease fans worried about the club bringing in more attacking options with the European summer transfer window set to close on Monday at midnight (GMT).

The 26-year-old Pavlyuchenko should provide a significant boost to Spurs, who have struggled in the opening weeks of the season following the reluctant sale of Robbie Keane to Liverpool and a lengthy impasse over Dimitar Berbatov's likely transfer away from White Hart Lane. Pavlyuchenko had been linked with Spurs since scoring three goals in Russia's surprise run to the European Championship semi-finals in June. He also scored both goals in Russia's 2-1 win over England in Moscow in a Euro 2008 qualifier last year.

Tottenham has also been trying to sign his Russia teammate Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg, but that deal stalled after the Russian club said Spurs had failed to meet its deadline for an improved bid. Pavlyuchenko becomes Spurs' fifth recruit of the summer, joining Luca Modric, Giovanni dos Santos, Heurelho Gomes and David Bentley at the club. *AP