Pavlyuchenko to go in Jan

Redknapp admits interest in buying Sandro

October 26, 2009

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is expected to travel to Brazil before the transfer window opens to look at Internacional defensive-midfielder Sandro.

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GettyImagesSandro made his debut for Brazil as a substitute in a World Cup qualifier against Chile on 9 September 2009

Redknapp only has Wilson Palacios, Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas as central midfielders and views the 20-year-old, who made his Brazil debut earlier in the season, as a possibility to provide competition.

"We've only got three central midfield players," Redknapp said. "Jamie O'Hara went, Kevin-Prince Boateng went, Didier Zokora went. Suddenly we're very, very short in there. Jermaine Jenas is on four bookings, Palacios on three.

"So I'm looking for someone else who can play in midfield here. We've been looking at Sandro. He's just breaking into the Brazilian team from the Under-21s. He can play - he's a modern day midfield player. I'd like to go and have a look myself as well and, if we do decide to do anything, it'll be up to the chairman to push it on from there."

Redknapp will use his squad players for the Carling Cup clash against Everton.

After speaking to Russia coach Guus Hiddink last week, Redknapp has urged Roman Pavlyuchenko to grab his chance to shine and get himself back in favour.

"Guus Hiddink was here on Friday and we spoke about Pav, how he is, how you get him going," Redknapp said. He had the same opinion as me, really. He said something he shouts at him, sometimes he's nice to him, sometimes he doesn't speak to him at all, sometimes he talks to him. And he's tried all those things.

"He's a very laid back guy, Pav, but he's got good ability. We both feel he's technically such a good player. But he just needs to be a bit more aggressive."

Redknapp added: "I'm looking for a big performance from him. A performance that says 'you can't leave me out the team now'."

Redknapp expects interest in Pavlyuchenko in January if the Russia striker is not playing regularly. "He's a player on the world stage. He's a World Cup player. So you'll always have interest, particularly in goalscorers," he said. "Italian or Spanish teams would want him. Four strikers can be a problem. In all honesty, I'd rather have three good strikers.

"People say you can't have too many, but it can be a problem when you're talking about top-class players who want to play every week and in the World Cup for their countries. We have two who aren't playing every week. It is a problem."