Roy Hodgson denies Rafael van der Vaart offer

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed recent speculation suggesting that he had tried to sign Rafael van der Vaart before the Dutch midfielder opted to join Tottenham Hotspur.

The 27-year-old headed to White Hart Lane from Real Madrid as the transfer deadline passed, with Hodgson claiming that he had already ruled out any interest in the talented playmaker.

He recently told Sky Sports News:"Liverpool were interested.

"In the end you have to have a good feeling and with this manager I got a good feeling. I am happy and I am going to Spurs."

Hodgson responded by telling reporters:"Those stories can get very irritating.

"First an agent rings you up and asks you if you want to sign Rafael van der Vaart, you say 'no' and the next minute you are one of the ones trying to sign him.

"I apologise to van der Vaart if his agent gave him another story. I think he is a very good player, but he is not the profile of the player we were looking for, so when it came up I made it clear we had players in van der Vaart's position."

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