Tottenham Hotspur have sold midfielder Rafael van der Vaart to Hamburg for a fee reported to be around £10million as Andre Villas-Boas continues to shape his own Spurs squad.
Van der Vaart joins Luka Modric out of the White Hart Lane door this week as Villas-Boas begins to bring in his own players after the North London clubs poor start to the season under their new manager.
The Dutch midfielder has signed a three-year deal at his former club as he completes his deadline day move to Germany exactly two years after joining Spurs from Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old will move closer to his family in Germany after a successful spell in England scoring 28 goals in 78 appearances, which made him a fan’s favourite at Tottenham.
Businessman and HSV investor Thorsten Fink said: “I am delighted that Rafael Van der Vaart will be playing for Hamburg again. He will be a strong addition to our team.”
Villas-Boas looks set to strengthen his Spurs’ squad before today’s 11pm deadline and replacing van der Vaart looks to be a priority with Porto maestro Joao Moutinho heavily linked with a move to North London.
Van der Vaart was quick to thank Spurs for his time there but was delighted to move back to a club that is close to his heart.