Van der Vaart Deal Hits Snag

1 09 2010

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Tottenham Hotspur have missed the deadline to sign Holland star Rafael Van der Vaart, according to Sky Sports.

Reports in Spain yesterday revealed how Van der Vaart’s proposed £18million move to Bayern Munich had fallen through which paved the way for Spurs to make a late bid to bring him to White Hart Lane. The deal is believed to have hit a snag due to ‘technical issues’.

Tottenham are believed to have requested special dispensation from the Premier League to allow them to add the Dutchman to their 25 man squad.

Harry Redknapp previously told Sky Sports News earlier in the day that he expected no activity from his club on the last day of the transfer window but when the Bayern Munich move fell through, he could not pass on the opportunity to sign him.

“I think he was going to Bayern Munich yesterday for about £18million, but suddenly it became an awful lot cheaper,” said Redknapp.

“He is available now for about £8million. He is a quality player. He is a Dutch international and a great footballer.

“For that sort of money, he is a top player and he will improve us for sure. We have made the effort, whether we can pull it off or not we will have to see.

“I am hopeful. It could happen. It was a last-minute job. When I came in this morning it certainly wasn’t something I was looking to do.”

He added: “He is a great passer of the ball, he is a top footballer. He will join in here and play the way we like to play, he would be a big plus for us.

“He looked like he was going for £18million but then the fee came crashing down because the deadline got close. If the chairman can pull it off, I think he will have got a real bargain.”

As of yet there is no indication from the Premier League as to whether the special dispensation that Spurs have requested will be granted.

Mark Jepson

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