Pavel Pogrebnyak turned down move to Russia

Pavel Pogrebnyak of Reading in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Reading at the Boleyn Ground on May 19, 2013
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Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak reveals that he rejected the chance to join FC Tom Tomsk.

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has revealed that he rejected a move to Russian side FC Tom Tomsk.

The former Russia international played 29 times last season as the Royals were relegated from the Premier League.

The 29-year-old has said that he wants to continue playing in England.

"I've decided to stay at the club, although I had offers, including Russian clubs. Not just from those teams which are always in the spotlight but also from Tom Tomsk. But I answered 'no'," he told itar-tass.com.

"It's not about money but about my desire to play in England. I'd like to be back in the Premier League and I like the British culture very much."

Pogrebnyak joined Reading from Fulham in 2012.

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