Pavel Pogrebnyak looks set for Fulham move

STUTTGART, GERMANY - OCTOBER 15: Pavel Pogrebnyak of Stuttgart kicks the ball during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 15, 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)

It looks as though Fulham has nearly completed a move for Stuttgart stirker Pavel Pogrebnyak, whom Sky Sports reports is undergoing a medical with the Cottagers.

The 28-year-old Russian international's contract is set to expire at the end of the season, but Fulham look likely to add his services several months before then. Funnily enough, it appears as though he was on Roy Hodgson's radar at West Brom before Martin Jol made a move to secure his signature.

Pogrebnyak has amassed 30 caps for Russia, scoring eight times in the process. He's found the back of the net 22 times in 87 total appearances for Stuttgart.

At 6-foot-2, Pogrebnyak is an imposing player, and similar to Bobby Zamora, finds worth beyond his admittedly uninspiring goal totals. He's a big, strong target.

The transfer hasn't been completed yet, but this looks to be about as close as you can come to a done deal.

Perhaps the best tidbit from his Wikipedia page, of course, involves Andrei Arshavin:

He is nicknamed Pogreb ("The Cellar") or Velikiy Po ("Po the Great"), the latter was popularized by his former Zenit teammate Andrei Arshavin.

If Bryan Ruiz can get "Bryan" on the back of his shirt, can Pogrebnyak get "Velikiy Po?" Mark mine as one vote in favor.

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