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1 September 2008

Pavlyuchenko signs for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of Russia striker AS Roman Pavlyuchenko from Spartak Moscow in a £14million deal.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year contract at White Hart Lane, with his arrival expected to precipitate the departure of Dimitar Berbatov for Manchester United.

Pavlyuchenko has scored nine times in 22 appearances for Russia to date, including three goals in the European Championship finals this summer.

Meanwhile, Spurs head coach Juande Ramos has refused to blame Berbatov for his side's slow start to the new campaign, which saw them earn their first point with a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

He commented: "We never put any blame on Berbatov for the last two results.

"He wasn't there on the park, so it was those on the park, it was those on the pitch that were to blame and it was the same players that are responsible for putting in that great performance today and getting a fantastic result.

"It's nothing to do with Berbatov.

"With the arrival of Pavlyuchenko and anyone else who joins at the last minute, we'll have more options on the field.

"Up to now Darren Bent has been working hard on his own and we haven't had options."