Hamburg hope to land Rafael van der Vaart this week
With Moussa Dembele set to sign for Tottenham Hotspur this week, it appears that Rafael van der Vaart could be surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane despite the fact that the Dutchman has been a big success story at the north London club.
August 29th, 2012
Andre Villas-Boas clearly has his own ideas about the Spurs squad, with Gylfi Sigurdsson joining from Hoffenheim and now Dembele set to complete a switch from Fulham which makes Van der Vaart’s future at the club uncertain.
Hamburg would love to bring the player back to Germany where he spent several happy seasons, although chairman Carl-Edgar Jarchow concedes that quick action must now be taken.
“There is not a lot of time – it is really up to Tottenham Hotspur,” he told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
“If we have a chance to sign him, we will do everything we can to make that happen.”
Van der Vaart arrived at Tottenham on deadline day two seasons ago, with the Dutchman completing a move from Real Madrid although it looks like his time in England is over.
Spurs continue to pursue Willian after the sale of Luka Modric, although Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin has claimed he had rejected a bid of just under £12million for the Brazilian and that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had also made an inquiry about two other players.
“Mr Levy, the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC, personally flew to Donetsk to negotiate over Willian,” Palkin told his club’s official website, www.shakhtar.com.
“But his latest offer was 15 million euros, which we, of course, did not accept.
“Levy, by the way, hinted that besides Willian, Villas-Boas was interested in Douglas Costa and Fernandinho, but he mentioned that just casually, without any specifics.”