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Ex-Tottenham fan favourite in shock talks with Championship club – report

By Harvey Byrne

Reading are plotting a shock swoop for former Tottenham attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, according to a report.

Local Berkshire publication getreading claims that informal talks have taken place between Reading and the 33-year-old, who has not ruled out the possibility of moving to the Madejski Stadium.

If new Reading manager Jaap Stam manages to entice his fellow countryman to Reading and the Championship, it would largely be considered a major shock in the football world.

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.

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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.