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Pogrebnyak eyes Premier League stay

Having enjoyed an excellent spell towards the end of the 2011/12 season with Fulham, Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak says he is desperate to remain in the Premier League.

Pogrebnyak signed for the Cottagers in January 2012, scoring six goals in 12 appearance and making an instant impression on the British game.

His contract with the Premier League club expires at the end of June, but the former VfB Stuttgart man says he is keen to extend his stay in the Premier League.

“After three or four months, I feel that I have found my place in England and I want to play in this league,” said Pogrebnyak, who made his debut for Russia in 2006.

“I feel great desire and strength inside me and my age will not work against me. We couldn't agree anything with Fulham so far, but I hope everything will be alright.

“But if I don't play for Fulham, I hope to find another team, and it would be good to sort this out before the European Championship.”

The 28-year-old is believed to be attracting interest from Reading and Aston Villa after impressing many during his short time one of Europe’s most competitive divisions.

Pogrebnyak is likely to line up for his country in their opening match of Euro 2012 on Friday, and Russia v Czech Republic betting predictions suggest he could be a happy man come the final whistle.

Also in action on opening night are the co-hosts, and most Poland v Greece betting markets are pointing to a home win.

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