Injured Pavlyuchenko still keen to move
Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is still determined to move from White Hart Lane but his hopes have been complicated by a groin strain that requires a scan.
Lokomotiv Moscow claim the 28-year-old wants to join them, with Pavlyuchenko still looking to move despite a cameo against Leeds United at the weekend when he scored within four minutes of being introduced as a substitute but also picked up his injury. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp insists Pavlyuchenko is part of his plans until an adequate offer is made - but the £13.8million signing from Spartak Moscow is adamant he wants to leave.
"I've already heard lots of times from Redknapp that I'm going to play, but I still remain sitting on the bench," Pavlyuchenko told Sport Express newspaper. "I don't think that goal will change anything. In any case, I hope it doesn't stop me leaving Tottenham."
Whether it is possible for Pavlyuchenko to move before the transfer window closes will depend on the assessment of his injury. "Pavlyuchenko has picked up a groin strain and I don't know whether he will be fit. He's gone for a scan to see if there is any damage there," said Redknapp.
It means the Russia striker is unlikely to feature against Fulham in the midweek Premier League clash. "When he wants to work and play he is a top-class footballer," the Spurs boss added. "On Saturday I was delighted with him but unfortunately he's picked up a groin injury but that's the way it's been.
"His people have been trying to move him for a while but we want him to stay. Unless we get the right offer he will be staying and he is part of the plans while he's here."
Tom Huddlestone will have a late check on his knee injury ahead of the clash against Roy Hodgson's men, as will centre-back Ledley King. With King unable to play matches in quick succession and no comeback date set for Jonathan Woodgate's return from a groin complaint, Redknapp has been looking at Palermo centre-back Simon Kjaer.
"We've watched him, like the other top Premier League clubs," Redknapp said. "He played against Fiorentina at the weekend and is a top young player but we've not made any enquiries about buying him."
Redknapp has laughed off suggestions Spurs have hit a wall recently after draws against Hull and Leeds, with a defeat at Liverpool in between. Redknapp said: "We've lost one in eight matches. So if that's a brick wall then let's hope we can keep hitting it for the rest of the season.
"I don't listen to what people are saying because I have my own opinion about what's happening and how we are doing. It doesn't interest me. I just know how well we have done. We have just had six clean sheets and one defeat in eight. If that's a bad run then my God! They are as bright as can be in training."
Redknapp expects a test against Fulham, adding: "Fulham are a good side. They are always well-organised and Roy Hodgson has done a fantastic job with them. "But we are playing well at the moment. We came across two goalkeepers in our last two home games who had world-class games. That's how it goes sometimes in football. I look at every home game as one where we should pick up there points. I feel we can beat anyone at home."
Striker Peter Crouch wants to bounce back after three matches without victory. He said: "It has been and gone. There's disappointment we didn't manage to see the game out against Leeds, but it's not the end of the world. We're still in the FA Cup and we still have aspirations to finish fourth. We've got a game in quick succession, against Fulham next. It's always nice to put one to bed and go and get three points."
Meanwhile, Aaron Lennon will also go for a scan on his groin strain to determine how long he will be out.