By Wayne Veysey

16th Jul, 2016 | 4:23pm

Van der Vaart makes bold claim about new Tottenham signing Janssen

By Tom Blackburn 

Former Tottenham star Raphael van der Vaart has described the club’s new striker Vincent Janssen as “great” and backed him to be an instant hit.

Janssen completed his £18.8million transfer to Spurs earlier this week from AZ Alkmaar.

In an interview for the Tottenham website, Van der Vaart characterised his fellow Dutchman as a striker out of the very top drawer.

“In my opinion Tottenham have signed a great striker,” Van der Vaart said. “He is still young, but he is a real striker. He loves to play and work for the team. But he does not just score goals, he makes goals as well.

“If you work hard at Tottenham and in the Premier League, people will love you and if you score goals, you will be a legend. I hope he will do both.

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“I think it is a great signing for Tottenham and a great move for Vincent.”

Earlier on Saturday, fellow legend Ledley King also said he expects Janssen to be a hit at Spurs, while putting new signing Victor Wanyama in the same bracket as Eric Dier.

Janssen, 21, was the top scorer in the Dutch League last season with a virtual goal-a-game haul of 27 goals in 34 games. In all competitions, he struck 32 times in 49 matches.

The Holland spearhead has also scored three goals in five international appearances even though he only made his international bow in March.

He scored the equaliser from the penalty spot in the recent friendly against England at Wembley and netted the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Austria earlier this month.

In other Tottenham news, boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to reinforce two positions and the targets have been identified.