Monday, 16th August 2010

Marseille seem to have abandoned their bid to sign Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano and could turn their attention to Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. 

The Ligue 1 side had been confident of signing Fabiano and the Brazilian had made encouraging noises about being willing to join the French champions. However, a bid of €10M was rejected last night by the Spanish club and now an alternative must be found.

Marseille’s striker chase has taken on renewed urgency after Didier Deschamps’ side sold prolific forward Mamadou Niang to Fenerbahce. Sources on the French south coast believe that Spurs’ Russian hitman Pavlyuchenko could fit the bill.

"Expect surprises" said Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier when asked what the Ligue 1 side would do now. "I have to manage resources and make ends meet. It’s no use wasting [the money]. Gone are the days when you could spend without having the means."

Should Marseille present a bid to Spurs for Pavlyuchenko they will do so quickly as the club have made a poor start to this season’s Ligue 1 and need a boost.



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