Spurs wait on Rafael van der Vaart


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp hopes the Premier League will ratify the £8million transfer of Netherlands international midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart to White Hart Lane.

Redknapp made a late move for the Real Madrid star on transfer deadline day after hearing that the 27-year-old's proposed transfer to Bayern Munich had fallen through.

However, the Premier League have as yet refused to sanction the transfer and are examining the circumstances of the switch.

"He's a great passer of the ball, he's a top footballer, he will join in here and be a big plus," said Redknapp.

"It was a last-minute job. When I came in on Tuesday morning it wasn't something I was looking to do.

"I think he was going to Bayern Munich on Monday for £18million and suddenly he became much cheaper.

"They let me know around 1600 BST that he was available for £8million and, for that money, he is a top player who will definitely improve us. The fee has come crashing down because the deadline is so close."

Van der Vaart moved to Real from Hamburg two years ago and went on to score 11 goals in 68 appearances for the La Liga giants.

He helped his country reach the World Cup final in July and came on as a substitute in the Final defeat to Spain.

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