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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would reluctantly consider offers for striker Roman Pavlyuchenko in the January transfer window.
The summer arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor, and last year's purchase of Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid, has caused Pavlyuchenko to drop down to fourth in the pecking order of frontmen at White Hart Lane.
The fact that Adebayor and Jermain Defoe have struck up a good partnership since the former signed on loan from Manchester City means Pavlyuchenko's chances of making the first team look more bleak than ever, and the player himself recently admitted he could leave in January if he does not start more games.
The 29-year-old, who signed from Spartak Moscow in 2008, has scored just once in four starts this year and a number of Russian clubs are thought to be monitoring his availability after contract talks stalled.
Pavlyuchenko will have a chance to impress potential suitors when he lines up against Russian team Rubin Kazan in Thursday's Europa League Group A clash at White Hart Lane.
Redknapp is not actively seeking to offload Pavlyuchenko in January, but concedes he would have to let him go if the forward pushed for a move.
"If he wanted to go and it was a good offer, then we would look at that, for sure," Redknapp said. "He's not a player that I'm looking to move. I like him. He's a good person, good player. I hope he can have a good season."
Despite his warm words about what Pavlyuchenko can offer the team, Redknapp made it clear that the Russian has to step up his game to convince him he is worthy of selection ahead of Defoe, Adebayor and Van der Vaart.
"He has to work hard every game. He has to be more consistent," Redknapp added. "He didn't have a great pre-season. He hasn't shown enough this year to be in the team.
"He can score goals, and maybe if he goes on a run, gets an opportunity and score some goals for us..."