Ex-Tottenham fan favourite phones up Championship club to request summer move
By Alex Taylor
Former Tottenham star Rafeal van der Vaart has called Reading in the hope of picking up a summer move back to England.
The 109-time capped Netherlands international has starred across the European major leagues, which include the Bundesliga, La Liga and Premier League with Hamburg, Real Madrid and Tottenham respectively.
The experienced attacker also captained his national side on several occasions, but he hasn’t made an appearance for the Netherlands since 2013, after withdrawing from Louis Van Gaal’s provisional squad before the 2014 World Cup due to injury.
‘I can tell you that he phoned us about wanting to play for us,” Reading manager Jaap Stam told the Daily Mail.
“We didn’t have any contact with him, we weren’t looking for him. He phoned us because he wants to prove to everybody in Europe that he is still a very good player.
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“We’re thinking about him of course. He is in our minds, he’s a quality player but he’s got a history of injuries so we have to think about that as well.”
The Dutch star joined Tottenham in 2010 in an £8million move from Real Madrid and starred in 77 encounters scoring 28 goals during his two-year stay at the club.
He later rejoined Hamburg for £10million, despite being a Tottenham fan favourite, while Andre Villas-Boas was manager of the north London club.
The Portuguese manager attempted to reshuffle his Spurs side and in the same summer that Van der Vaart left, Ledley King, Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric also departed from the club.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs right-back Kieran Trippier is a £5million target for Southampton.