Bent, Pavlyuchenko head for exit
German club Stuttgart are ready to offer Roman Pavlyuchenko an escape route from Tottenham Hotspur, while Darren Bent is also expected to leave White Hart Lane this summer. Pavlyuchenko is one of the strikers Stuttgart are considering, according to their director of sport Horst Heldt, as a replacement for Mario Gomez after the Germany forward joined Bayern Munich.
"Pavyluchenko is an interesting player and we have discussed his name internally," Heldt said.
Pavlyuchenko scored 14 goals during his rookie season in England, but struggled to command a regular place, with former Spurs goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez suggesting it was "impossible" to communicate with him unless speaking Russian.
Bent also reached double figures in the last campaign, scoring 17 times, but is expected to be allowed to leave Spurs two years after arriving for £16.5million two years ago.
Sunderland have previously been linked with the England striker, but nothing will happen while new manager Steve Bruce is away on holiday.
"The way we finished the season at Spurs showed how strong the squad is and everyone is buzzing, especially when you look back at where we were at the start of last season," Defoe said.
"We will all come back positive in pre-season after finishing so strongly, but as I said after the England game, I'm still ready to go."