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Everton braced for 4.2m Johnny Heitinga bid

Everton braced for second Russian raid as Spartak target 4.2m Heitinga

Spartak Moscow are ready to offer around 4.2million for Everton’s utility player Johnny Heitinga, just weeks after signing his former team-mate Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

Heitinga, 28, joined Everton for 6m in 2009.

Target: Johnny Heitinga

Target: Johnny Heitinga

Roman Pavlyuchenko gave Spurs an ultimatum to leave

Let me go or I'll leave for nothing: Pavlyuchenko's Spurs ultimatum sealed Moscow move


Back home: Pavlyuchenko

Back home: Pavlyuchenko

Roman Pavlyuchenko warned Tottenham he would sit out the remaining 18 months of his contract and leave for nothing if they did not let him sign for Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Russia striker, who will arrive in Moscow for a medical before finalising an 8million move, admitted that he gave Spurs the ultimatum because he feared for his chances of playing at Euro 2012.

Spurs recently unilaterally invoked an option to extend Pavlyuchenko's contract until the end of next season, which would have made the 30-year-old eligible for British citizenship.

'I explained that if they did not let me go now, when match practice for the European Championship is particularly important, then I would not consider a transfer in the summer,' he told Russian newspaper Sport-Express.

'I would have worked the last year of my contract and left free of charge – especially as there would have been the additional bonus of a residence permit in England.

'Naturally, no reasonable person would want to lose absolutely all his money on a player who joined the club for a lot of money.

'But, as I understand it, Tottenham still negotiated till the last moments of the English transfer window, trying to find the best option for themselves.

'Maybe (Tottenham chairman Daniel) Levy was hoping for some more offers from Europe and or English clubs – I don't know.'

It is understood that Pavlyuchenko, who cost 13.8m when signed from Spartak Moscow in 2008, was at least offered to Newcastle, Queens Park Rangers and Everton in January.

Lokomotiv had tried to sign him for more than a year but had always been put off by the demands of Tottenham, who at one stage demanded they turn a profit on his sale.

Super Pav: The popular Russian admits it is hard leaving his home in London

Super Pav: The popular Russian admits it is hard leaving his home in London

Pavlyuchenko admits that he has some regrets over his Spurs career, saying: 'there is some disappointment from the fact that I didn't fully show myself 100 per cent.

He added: 'Alas, three months after my arrival, instead of Juande Ramos, (Harry) Redknapp came in, and we didn't hit it off from the start.'

The Russian also hit out at suggestions he did not commit himself fully during training. He said: 'This is total nonsense, which was in the press thanks to Redknapp, who somehow had to explain his decisions and who generally could never attend a training session and then declare that Pavlyuchenko worked badly there.

'No, I never skive and the reason for being out of favour lies in something else.'

Pavlyuchenko also admitted his family had been unsettled by the move away from London. And an emotional exit was compounded by the Spurs squad singing 'Super Pav' to him as a goodbye at Spurs Lodge training ground.

Clash: Pavlyuchenko was upset by Harry Redknapp's public criticism

Clash: Pavlyuchenko was upset by Harry Redknapp's public criticism

'You can't imagine how difficult it is to pull away my daughter, who is in the second year at a British school, already speaks well and has friends there.

'I don't think she quite understands yet and says, “Well, I have friends in Moscow”.

'Larisa (his wife) cried a little. She really grew to love London, but there's nothing you can do.'

'It was sad to go to the training ground to say goodbye to the lads today. They gave me a great send-off – they even sang the “Super Pav” song.

'This part of my life, anyhow, has ended. But another begins – hopefully even more interesting.'

The striker's volatile spell in north London came to an end in suitably volatile fashion when he woke up on deadline day to stories of a training-ground bust-up with Spurs assistant boss Kevin Bond.

But he questioned the motives behind whoever leaked the story and insists the incident was blown out of proportion.

'There was no conflict,' he said. 'It was a normal working conversation – well, maybe a little more prickly than usual.

'But I didn't argue with the
assistant coach. Already by the next training session everything was
friendly and we spoke normally.'

Pavlyuchenko had wanted to talk about his future with his manager but
appeared to be unaware of the trial at Southwark Crown Court, where
Harry Redknapp denies tax evasion charges.

Stories: Bond (left) and Pavlyuchenko were rumoured to have clashed

Stories: Bond (left) and Pavlyuchenko were rumoured to have clashed

'In general I'm categorically opposed to events in the dressing room being put on public display,' he said. 'But, to my surprise, someone has already done it in this case, and in some muddled way.

'In fact, I just wanted to know where was our head coach, for whom I had some questions and whom was at training just once last week.

'And Bond said that he didn't know. That, briefly, was the essence of the conversation. We didn't swear – the rest is just gossip. I even read that we fought – people have a good imagination!'

Lokomotiv president Olga Smorodskaya, who had tried to sign Lukas Podolski from Cologne earlier in the window, said: 'I am very glad that we finally completed negotiations for Roman Pavlyuchenko.

'For us, this is a very good buy. I am grateful to Roman for the firmness of his decision to move to Lokomotiv. I am also grateful to the Spurs management, with whom there were two-and-a-half months of difficult negotiations, but nevertheless we came to a positive outcome.'

Pavel Pogrebnyak signs for Fulham

Fulham complete move for Russian striker Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart

Fulham have signed Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart on a six-month contract.

Martin Jol has been after a striker throughout the January transfer window and has now secured the signing of the Russia international.

Sportsmail revealed Fulham's interest last night and Pogrebnyak has penned an initial deal until the end of the season at Craven Cottage.

From Russia with love: Pavel Pogrebnyak is in talks with Fulham

From Russia with love: Pavel Pogrebnyak is in talks with Fulham

The 28-year-old started his career at
his hometown club Spartak Moscow, spending loan spells with Baltika
Kaliningrad, Khimki and Shinnik Yaroslavl.
Pogrebnyak then moved to Tom Tomsk, before joining Zenit St Petersburg and then Bundesliga club Stuttgart.

The striker is full international and has eight goals in 30 appearances for Russia.

Roman Pavlyuchenko joins Lokomotiv Moscow

Roman returns to Russia as Spurs striker agrees 7.5m Lokomotiv switch

Roman Pavlyuchenko has finally forged a way out of Tottenham after Lokomotiv Moscow agreed a 7.5million fee with the north London club, according to reports in Russia.

The 30-year-old striker will travel to Moscow tomorrow with the view to completing a medical on Thursday.

Pavlyuchenko leaves White Hart Lane with Everton's Louis Saha arriving on an 18-month deal.

From Russia with love: Pavlyuchenko has agreed a move to Lokomotiv Moscow

From Russia with love: Pavlyuchenko has agreed a move to Lokomotiv Moscow

‘We got decent money for Pavlyuchenko and I think Louis Saha could come here and do well,' manager Harry Redknapp said after his side's 3-1 win over Wigan.

Pavlyuchenko scored 42 times in 114 appearances for Spurs since joining from Spartak Moscow for 13.8m in 2008.

Roman Pavlyuchenko joins Lokomotiv Moscow in 11m deal

Roman returns to Russia as Spurs striker agrees 11m Lokomotiv switch

Roman Pavlyuchenko has finally forged a way out of Tottenham after Lokomotiv Moscow agreed a 11million fee with the north London club, according to reports in Russia.

The 30-year-old striker will travel to Moscow tomorrow with the view to completing a medical on Thursday.

From Russia with love: Pavlyuchenko has agreed a move to Lokomotiv Moscow

From Russia with love: Pavlyuchenko has agreed a move to Lokomotiv Moscow

Sportsmail revealed last week that
the Russian club had lodged am 8m bid, so the leap in price will be
considered good business by Tottenham's hierarchy.

Pavlyuchenko scored 42 times in 114 appearances for Spurs since joining from Spartak Moscow for 13.8m in 2008.

Everton bid 5m for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic

Everton make a 5m move for Rangers striker Jelavic but SPL side want 7m

Everton have shown their hand in the race to sign Nikica Jelavic and have made a 5million offer for the Rangers striker, who wants to move to Goodison Park.

But Rangers, who turned down a 6m bid from West Ham last week, are holding out for more than 7m after an approach from CSKA Moscow.

If the move for the 26-year-old Croat fails, Everton will turn to Blackburn’s Junior Hoilett or Kevin Doyle of Wolves, who are interested in signing Newcastle’s Leon Best on loan.

Toffees bound Nikica Jelavic is wanted by Everton

Toffees bound Nikica Jelavic is wanted by Everton

Hoilett is out of contract at the end of the season and Blackburn believe they would receive 4.2m in compensation if he left in the summer. Doyle has fallen out of favour at Molineux but Wolves would be reluctant to let him leave.

Everton boss David Moyes has money to spend after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s switch to Spartak Moscow was confirmed on Sunday and will look to complete loan moves for Paris Saint-Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau or Inter Milan’s Holland forward Luc Castaignos.

Everton also aim to complete the 500,000 signing of Greek defender Kostas Manolas before the window closes.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov signs for Spartak Moscow

Everton flop Bilyaletdinov completes return to Russia with Spartak Moscow

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has completed his move to Spartak Moscow, leaving Everton for an undisclosed fee after two-and-a-half years on Merseyside.

The Toffees accepted a bid for the 26-year-old Russia winger on Wednesday and he had travelled to his homeland to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.

He made 77 appearances for Everton, scoring nine goals, but failed to make himself a regular starter for David Moyes' side.

Diniyar bit for Everton: Bilyaletdinov's stay at Goodison Park has ended

Diniyar bit for Everton: Bilyaletdinov's stay at Goodison Park has ended

Moyes admitted the signing of Bilyaletdinov, who had made only seven starts this season, had not quite worked out as he had hoped.

'He was a great boy to work with, a really good professional,' he told the club's website.

'When he played he was totally committed and he did everything he could to succeed. We wish him well. It just didn't quite work and obviously we've decided to sell.

No hard feelings: Moyes was complimentary of the Russian midfielder

No hard feelings: Moyes was complimentary of the Russian midfielder

'It happens. You could probably ask every manager in the Premier League about players and I can think of some clubs you could ask about a lot of players but, yes, Bily's been in here and not quite reached what we wanted.

'But I couldn't fault anything that he did – he is a good lad.'

Everton agree Diniyar Bilyaletdinov fee with Spartak Moscow

Bilyaletdinov to make Russian return as Spartak Moscow and Everton agree fee

Everton have agreed a fee to sell winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow, the Premier League club have announced.

The moves marks a return to his home country for the Russian 26-year-old, who moved to Goodison Park from Lokomotiv Moscow in August 2009.

He has made 77 appearances for the club since, scoring nine goals in the process, but has never fully settled and made a regular starting berth his own on Merseyside.

Homeward bound: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is set to go back to Russia

Homeward bound: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is set to go back to Russia

The Russia international has already agreed personal terms with Spartak and has travelled to undertake a medical.

A statement on the Everton website
confirmed: 'Everton have agreed a fee with Spartak Moscow for the
transfer of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

'The Blues have been in negotiations
with Spartak for several days and an undisclosed figure has now been
agreed, paving the way for Bilyaletdinov to return to his homeland.'

The 45-cap player enjoyed a fine
start to his time with Everton, and scored the club's goal of the season
for an effort against Manchester United in 2009. He struggled since
then, though.

In the summer he began to publicly
air his frustrations and unhappiness and suggested if the situation did
not improve he would have to move to find regular first-team football.

Bilyaletdinov has started just seven league matches this season and the club have decided he can now leave.

Bring on Borat! Now Murray faces the man from Kazakhstan

Bring on Borat! Now Murray faces the man from Kazakhstan

Andy Murray's impressive progress
here at the Australian Open will be challenged on Monday by a man
playing under the flag of Kazakhstan with a story to tell beyond the
imagination of the scriptwriters of the film Borat.

Mikhail Kukushkin, ranked No 92 in
the world, has placed the country Sacha Baron Cohen satirised on film –
to the disgust of the Kazakhstan government – on the tennis map.

Not even Cohen would have dared
suggest that the unlikeliest man to appear in the fourth round at this
Australian Open would be coached by his wife.

Moving well: Murray his happy with his game

Moving well: Murray his happy with his game

Murray has invested heavily in hiring Ivan Lendl, an eight-times major champion, to access his vast knowledge in the search for a Grand Slam title.

Kukushkin, meanwhile, admits to his dependence on the expertise of Anastasia Ulikhina, a graduate of Spartak Moscow tennis club and Moscow University.

'She helps with everything, my strategy, my technique, my athletic preparation, but, as my wife, she doesn't want to take money from me,' he said, unwittingly unleashing the spirit of fictional journalist Borat.

Threat: Mikhail Kukushkin is already a giantkiller

Threat: Mikhail Kukushkin is already a giantkiller

Kukushkin was born in Volgograd, Russia, but was amicably poached by the Kazakhstan Federation to gain funding in return for bolstering the country's tennis profile via a cordial agreement that has survived the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

He is clearly unafraid for his wife to be pitting her wits against the combined wisdom of Lendl and Murray, a finalist at Melbourne Park these past two Australian summers.

'There's not so many people who can understand this, or believe it,' said Kukushkin, who removed the dangerous Frenchman Gael Monfils from Murray's path on Saturday with his greatest-ever victory – 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 1-6, 6-4.

Biggest victory: Kukushkin can't believe he's knocked out Gael Monfils

Biggest victory: Kukushkin can't believe he's knocked out Gael Monfils

'Yet for me, it's a great relationship. It's important for me to know I can believe in my coach and know she is interested only in my results, not money. Of course, sometimes we can fight on the practice court but it's normal, nothing special.'

With a quarter-final place at stake, against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Nel Nishikori, Murray will not underestimate the threat of the husband and wife team.

The 24-year-old British star dropped a set against Kukushkin in Brisbane three weeks ago.

'In the first six games he was unbelievable, hardly missing a ball,' recalled Murray.

Happy with life: Andy Murray (right) saw off Michael Llodra (left) with ease

Happy with life: Andy Murray (right) saw off Michael Llodra (left) with ease

Murray's own game sparkled on Saturday and he won a host of admirers as he used skill, intuition and intelligence to overwhelm the serve-and-volley game of Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-2, 6-0.

John McEnroe, broadcasting for an Australian cable network, purred: 'This was as well as I have ever seen Andy serve. He had power, good percentages and it all worked today.'

However, Murray has been here frequently in the past and understands that everything is still to play for.

If he wins his next two matches, he will probably be confronted by Novak Djokovic, who won three of the four Grand Slam championships last year.

'They don't give out trophies for playing well in the third round,' said Murray wisely.

Rough and tumble: Murray somersaults on court

Rough and tumble: Murray somersaults on court

In his seat behind the baseline, Lendl studiously watched Murray at work and he reserves his thoughts exclusively for Murray.

For the past week, they have conducted their practice sessions in private at the Kooyong Club, which used to host the Australian Open in the days before Lendl won his two titles Down Under in 1989 and 1990.

'We don't get rushed off the courts at Kooyong as you do on-site here at the tournament,' explained Murray.

At 24, he is aware that he is arriving at his peak.

'Because the game is more physically demanding, you are going to play your best between 24 and 28,' he acknowledged.

'Hopefully, my best tennis is still ahead of me.'

Lendl's willingness to join Murray's team is an indication he shares the same instinct.

Studious: Ivan Lendl (right) and Danny Valverdu (left) observe Murray

Studious: Ivan Lendl (right) and Danny Valverdu (left) observe Murray

The 51-year-old, Czech-born American has kept their partnership on a strictly business level, however.

After their job is done for the day, he disappears to a golf course or meets old friends, leaving Murray in the company of his entourage, including girlfriend Kim Sears.

'We've been keeping it low key,' admitted Murray.

His father Will is here for the first time, a recipient of a gift package of flight ticket and hotel accommodation from Murray and his brother Jamie.

'Dad is due to go back to Scotland on Thursday, but I hope to keep him a bit longer,' said Murray.

Llodra testified to the legitimacy of such an ambition.

'Andy's passing shots were amazing, I couldn't do anything,' he confessed.

Pass master: Llodra could not deal with Murray's passing game

Pass master: Llodra could not deal with Murray's passing game

Between them, until Llodra's mind left the court due to mental exhaustion, the pair provided a classic duel, the type of which we thought had been lost in the mists of time.

That's my man: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears cheers him on

That's my man: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears cheers him on

Murray might have been Lendl keeping McEnroe's net-rushing game at bay as Llodra continually strode forward.

'Lendl was most people's nightmare,' suggested McEnroe. 'Not many
people can say they beat him 15 times like I did – but then I lost to
him 21 times.'

At times during the match, Murray even allowed himself a rare smile; the entertainment was that good.

Yet he warns not to expect a reprise of the good-time Andy routine against Kukushkin.

'Because Llodra was having a bit of fun, I was open to that, but most of the time you have to get your game-face on,' he said.

HOW LONG WERE THEY COURTING

Mikhail
Kukushkin, who is coached by his wife Anastasia Ulikhina, was born in
Volgograd on Boxing Day 1987 and turned professional in 2006.

Last year was his first Wimbledon – he lost to Roger Federer in the first round.

His wife is a tennis player herself, having represented the Spartak Moscow club and Moscow University.

Kukushkin,
who rose to a highest-ever world ranking of 58 in September last year,
admits the pair do fight on court during practice.

'I am 99 per cent sure there won't
be many laughs and joking around against Kukushkin. He is very
workmanlike and you have to do a job. I have been in this position,
played well then lost in the fourth round. Other times, I have not
played my best and got through to the semis.

'I moved well against Llodra and that's a good sign because when I move
well, the rest of my game goes well. That was the most pleasing thing
for me.'

Yet Murray, like Lendl, will have forgotten in the first light of a new dawn what happened here on Saturday.

Llodra is history and what matters now is preparing to erase the new screenplay Kukushkin has written for his adopted homeland of Kazakhstan.

He certainly despises Borat – the film which grossed more than 6million in a weekend when it opened in Britain.

'I don't think it's good to have a movie like this for the people of Kazakhstan,' said Kukushkin, sternly.

Valeri Karpin keen on bringing Roman Pavlyuchenko back to Spartak Moscow

Karpin”s keen on bringing Spurs misfit Pavlyuchenko back to Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow boss Valery Karpin has confirmed he is interested in re-signing Roman Pavlyuchenko from Tottenham.

The Russia striker wants to leave White Hart Lane this winter to gain first-team football ahead of next summer’s European Championship.

Lokomotiv Moscow have already entered talks over an 8million move for the 29-year-old, but Spartak, who sold Pavlyuchenko to Spurs for 13.8m in 2008, are considering a rival offer.

First-team football: Pavlyuchenko wants to reignite his career

First-team football: Pavlyuchenko wants to reignite his career

Karpin, who is Spartak’s general director as well as head coach, said: ‘Pavlyuchenko is one of those players on our list of targets. We consider many and he is one of them.’

The player’s agent has confirmed Sportsmail’s story that Tottenham offered Pavlyuchenko to Queens Park Rangers last week and moving to another Premier League club, particularly within London, is understood to be the preferred option.

At least half a dozen clubs have expressed an interest, but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is reluctant to sanction his departure before a replacement has been lined up for the January transfer window.