Zenit striker Pogrebnyak joins Stuttgart

Updated: August 1, 2009, 9:28 AM ET

ST PETERSBURG, Aug 1 - Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has joined Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart from Zenit St Petersburg, the Russian Premier League side said on Saturday.

"The transfer has been approved by the club's head coach (Dick Advocaat)," Zenit said on their website (www.fc-zenit.ru).

On Friday angry Advocaat lashed out at the club's management over what he called inadequate player reinforcements.

He said he wanted to sign "two or three top class strikers" but instead Zenit had bought Italian midfielder Alessandro Rosina from Serie B side Torino.

Pogrebnyak, 25, has been Zenit's top striker since joining the St Petersburg club from Siberian side Tom Toms in 2007.

He was a regular with the Russian national team but was forced to miss last year's European championship finals with a knee injury.

Zenit did not disclose transfer details nor the length of Pogrebnyak's contract with Stuttgart. (Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; editing by Pritha Sarkar, To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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