Tottenham midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart may re-join former club Hamburg, as he could find himself surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane under new boss Andre Villas-Boas, reports The Guardian.
The 29 year old enjoyed a rich vein of form in the Spurs starting eleven under Harry Redknapp, but with his position less assured under Villas-Boas, he could move back to Hamburg, where he played for three years prior to joining Real Madrid in 2008.
Having been initially linked to a move to Schalke 04, Club CEO Clemens Tonnies recently bought an end to any speculation, leaving Hamburg the front runners to sign the Dutchman.
The arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim last week also doesn’t favour Van Der Vaart, who could leave alongside Luka Modric, subject to a bid from Real Madrid.
The move could suit Van Der Vaart however, as not only will he be guaranteed more first team football, he also enjoys cult status among the Hamburg faithful. It will also suit his wife, a German television presenter who regularly finds herself travelling between Germany and London.
Tottenham could find themselves in different shape ahead of the new season under their new boss.