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Van der Vaart training with Zwolle

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Rafael van der Vaart training with Zwolle

Rafael Van Der Vaart

Breaking News: ex-Tottenham and Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart will train with FC Zwolle as from next week the club has announced. The 35-year-old (36 next February) was with FC Midtjylland in Denmark last season and had a head injury for 2 months.

A Spurs favourite, he recently said he should never have left the club. He only left to return to Germany in an unsuccessful attempt to save his marriage.

Transfer Talk - Juan Fernando Quintero

The Spurs link with 25-year-old (26 next February) Colombian midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero is nothing more than a mere mention. A report from AS in Spain tells you about his position with Porto and River Plate.

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Records maintained, records broken

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This is just one reason why we love him, he has nothing but praise for the club and loved his time here until he had to leave to try and save his marriage, which was unsuccessful in the end. He returned to Germany, where his wife was a TV presenter, otherwise he would have stayed longer.

he had quite an impact in his first 50 games as you can see and that lad Dele Alli isn't doing too bad, despite the heavy criticism he has been getting from the fickle Spurs fans lately. Another two goals helped us keep up the pressure as all the top six won their Christmas game.

He helped us become the first side ever to score four goals at the St Mary's Stadium in a Premier League game, that's 160 matches. It is the first time Southampton have conceded four goals at home since 1998. Their defence hadn't conceded for five hours and they went 1-0 up, so to come from behind to win showed real character and determination, because we were 2-1 up before they had a man sent off.

That win meant we have won a record 71 points from 37 games in 2016 - our highest total in a calender year in the Premier League era.

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Midtjylland announce VDV

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Rafael van der Vaart passed his medical at Danish side FC Midtjylland today and will be playing for them next season with a local company sponsoring his wages. I'm sure every Spurs fan wishes him all the best for the coming season.

in - Welcome Rafael van der Vaart

A few people have suggested Tottenham should go after Monchi the Sporting Director who Sevilla refused to let leave for Manchester United or PSG. Are Tottenham going to appoint another Director of Football with Mauricio Pochettino having the last say on all transfers?

We'll have to wait for Rob Mackenzie and Paul Mitchell to work their notice period. They will be at Spurs until the window closes but could be here for up to 3 months yet.

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Rafael van der Vaart signs for Mydtjylland

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Rafael van der Vaart signs for Mydtjylland

According to several media outlets in Andalusia, Spain, Rafael van der Vaart will play next season for Mydtjylland in the Danish league. 

The Dutchman has reached a verbal agreement with Mydtjylland and Real Betis are happy to release the player, given his time there was not a success.

VFitness was the issue, it was said he was not in the best condition to play football and had to go onto a fitness regeime. That affected the rest of his season.  It is that very issue which concerns Spurs over the transfer of Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, he isn't training and isn't getting a pre-season into his legs. At the moment he is stuck in a London hotel waiting for the move to be finalised.

Real Betis urged Van der Vaart to seek another team this summer so they could get his wages off the bill and Van der Vaart thus offered himself to Jaap Stam at Reading. There was talk of Ajax, but neither came to anything.

A company will sponsor the his contract, so VDV will now surely see out his playing days in Denmark. I'm sure we all wish him well and as we have been scouting their youngsters perhaps he could tip us the wink of any more he encounters, sort of a playing scout.

Mydtjylland are in the UEFA Europa League Play-off Round against Turkish side OsmanlńĪspor (formerly Ankaraspor). Their ties take place on the 18th and 25th August. To get there they have beaten SŇęduva Marijampolńó of Lithuania 2-0 (1-0, 1-0) in the First Qualifying Round, Vaduz of Liechtenstein 5-2 (3-0, 2-2) in the Second Qualifying Round and Videoton of Hungary 2-1 (0-1, 1-1 aet) in the Third Qualifying Round.

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Do we need a young Van der Vaart or an Eriksen?

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The story that former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart offered himself to Reading, who are now managed by his good friend Japp Stam, demonstrates why what you do off the ball is just as important as what the fans concentrate on, what you do on the ball.

A younger van der Vaart is perhaps just what Spurs need right now. There is a difference between a secondary striker role and a central attacking midfielder role, although effectively they play the same position. If you think of the Dutchman, you think of goals and goalscoring, when you think of Christain Eriksen you think of someone behind the ball creating.

What we actually need is a combination of the two, we need a second Harry Kane with Eriksen's creativity. Some would say that is Erik Lamela, although Dele Alli didn't do a bad job there for his first season did he.

The issue for Stam though is can van der Vaart contribute off the ball, can he contribute defensively? There are suggestions that that is the problem with Alex Pritchard and why we are letting him go. A talent by the look of it with the ball at his feet, but lazy basically off the ball. Andros Townsend was terrible defensively too, he much preferred to do his own thing rather than what the coach wanted, result, he didn't play, he couldn't be trusted.

“He called us to tell us that he wants to play here. We are now thinking about his proposal. He’s an interesting player with a lot of quality, but he has had many injuries in the past. That we must take into account. It is a difficult decision. 
“I know Rafael well. We have played together in the Dutch national team, but I wonder if he is what we need. Can he be an important player for us? I need players who can give everything on the pitch. Not only with the ball, but also in the defensive aspect.“
What you do with the team going backwards is just as important as what you do when the team is going forwards to a manager, fans sometimes forget that and when assessing a player generally totally overlook it. They'll tell you X player has had a good game when in fact defensively they have been poor.

The one player who has been singled out by fans though is Nacer Chadli, people have got it into their heads he doesn't work defensively, which isn't entirely correct. However once someone is called lazy and an opinion is formed, they rarely change it. Having said that they have had no choice but to over Danny Rose and Kyle Walker. It just shows coaching was what they needed, not simply thrown onto a pitch and expected to learn themselves as they go.

People look at a YouTube video, great to show what they are capable of, but for an attacking midfielder, they never show much defensive work, it isn't glamorous, it doesn't catch the eye.

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Spurs fans will take to Janssen

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Spurs fans will take to Janssen

There are players who come to Tottenham who we as fans fall for. They have something about them, they work hard and even if their time isn't a success their personality still makes you wish them well.

Rafael van der Vaart and Roberto Soldado arrived form Spain, one was a roaring success who regrets leaving the club and the other didn't find his scoring touch, lost confidence and as a striker when that happens you have nothing left. We could all see he was trying, we knew he had quality, just that it didn't work and we didn't see enough of it. That happens, the fact that he still then Tweeted about Spurs and that he watches every game shows the desire was there and fans love a player who loves the club.

I'd be more than happy to see Tottenham take on Rafael van der Vaart as a coach, he has a link with the club, he has done it all and has that X factor our young squad would take note of. His comments to the official website show his grasp of what it takes to win the Spurs fans over.

“In my opinion Tottenham have signed a great striker. He’s still young but he’s a real striker. He loves to play and work for the team but he doesn’t 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. I think it’s a great signing for Tottenham and a great move for Vincent.”

We have a young bunch of lads who get on well and the reports from Holland suggest Janssen is enthusiastic in training, that type of behaviour rubs off on others. I can see him winning the fans over with his work rate an I'm looking forward to seeing him in action and assessing what we have.

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Rafael van der Vaart - Ferencvaros or Spurs?

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Rafael van der Vaart - Ferencvaros or Spurs?
Is Ex-Spurs star Rafael van der Vaart future in Hungary? (Source: BPI / imago)

German newspaper Bild have reported that former Holland captain, Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax, Real Madrid and Hamburger SV midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is a wanted man in Budapest.

They describe the 33-year-old (34 in February) as a dribbling playmaker and report that Hungarian champions Ferencvaros want to sign him. They quote the coach of Ferencvaros Thomas Doll who spoke to Bild.

"I would imagine Rafael van der Vaart very good at Ferencvaros. It could be a real success story. 
"All these statements that Rafa was not too slow or conditionally at the height, are complete nonsense. I was very upset, as was most recently dealt with.

Van der Vaart only started seven league games amid speculation that he wasn't fit enough for the Spanish league.

Doll who led Ferencvaros to the double this season also told SPORT1 he wanted him but didn't know whether it was possible.

A contact exists and interest as well. Whether it's feasible, I can not say."

The stumbling block is his salary which is £920,000 (€1.2m - US$1.34m - AUS$1.85m) which is £17,692-a-week (€23,119 - US$25,811 - AUS$25,799). A far cry from his days with us. From Spain, National Sports Online report that Doll has spoken to van der Vaart and that is the salary he was asking or at least that it not be reduced significantly.

At £17,000-a-week he could help teach our youngsters a thing or two and a few cameo roles. He might be able to help is keep a lead. If we are going to have one really experienced player in the squad we could do worse.

He may not be able to handle the training but I'm sure he could handle 15 minute cameos.
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Van der Vaart and Ginola comment

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Van der Vaart and Ginola comment

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart spoke to French premium cable television company Canal+ recently commenting that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was stifling. Van der Vaart played under him for Real Madrid in 2010/11.
"Mourinho is stifling, but very good. He knows perfectly what he is doing. At the time, [Mourinho] told me they were going to hire Mezut Ozil and that the best thing for me was to get out."
Another former Spurs favourite David Ginola recently commented that he could see Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho at PSG next season.
"I see Ronaldo being in Paris next year. Because they have the money and in terms of the challenge to win the Champions League. I know the Qatari investors would like to have Ronaldo at the club, no matter how much it will cost, they will pay for it."
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Pochettino & VDV embrace Ken Dodd

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Rafael van der Vaart regrets ever leaving Tottenham and Josh Onomah just wants to play for Spurs for many years to come. Harry Kane wants to stay and win trophies, Nabil Bentaleb has signed a new contract and believes this is his club, Ryan Mason didn't want to leave, Harry Winks has signed a new deal.

AVB moaned: "In two years I lost [Rafael] van der Vaart, Modric, Bale..." Yet Vdv recalls: "He said to me 'you're not my number one'."

Rafel van der Vaart tells of how Tottenham was a happy place to be, then AVB changed all that and Mauricio Pochettino is bringing it back. The squad now tell of a happy place at Hotspur Way which only helps positivity.

If you have been a Spurs fan for many years as I have and been through thick and thin, through cup victories, European victories and relegation then the words od Van der Vaart are music to the ears, they bring a happy smile to the face. Isn't that a better place to be than depressing yourself moaning and groaning all the time, usually just for the sake of it.

That joy, that happiness inspires better work, happy people work better than miserable people, a policy Mauricio Pochettinio is clearly putting in place at the club again. We enjoyed our time under Harry Redknapp until for well-documented reasons it ended. Looking back at the AVB era can you honestly say that the club felt a happy place?

That isn't how you would sum up his tenure and VDV's words show it was AVB who caused the Dutchman to leave not Daniel Levy as our own perennial moaners like to falsely claim. The feeling Mauricio Pochettino building of Tottenham generates is one of creation. Embracing change, embracing the excitement and hope of a clear strategy will enhance your life as it puts you in a happy mood.

All it really takes is appreciating the opportunities before us but letting go of an ingrained belief is never easy, for some moaning about Spurs is a way of life, but it's not conducive to a happy relationship in any walk of life. Which creates a better life, moaning at your partner all the time or being happy with and towards them?

Who would you rather be Rafael van der Vaart with his happy outlook or Emmanuel Adebayor with his self-centered outlook? Would you rather be a gentleman like Steve Perryman or listen to the moans of √Čtienne Capoue?

The title of a Ken Dodd song sum it all up, Happiness, happiness the greatest gift that I possess.

Read what is behind that song title and you'll read the route to success, are you bestowing the gift of happiness towards your fellow man and Spurs?

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Rafael van der Vaart joining La Liga side

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Former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart will reportedly sign a three-year-deal with newly promoted Real Betis in Spain.

The Dutchman is fondly remembered at White Hart Lane, leaving in a failed attempt to save his marriage, his then wife worked on German TV. The 32-year-old has left Hamburg and is reported by German newspaper Bild as having agreed a contract with the La Liga team based in Seville.

The paper say he will join Real Betis when his contract with Hamburg expires on 30 June instead of joining former club Ajax. Director Marc Overmars and Ajax coach Frank de Boer had openly stated they were hoping to lure him back home but it is thought Van der Vaart has chosen to go to Spain to be nearer his grandparents who live in Andalusia.

Earlier this year Van der Vaart revealed he had promised his grandfather he would join Andalusian side Cadiz one day, but with their relegation to the Segunda division that wasn't an option. Joining Real Betis means his grandparents can make the hour journey to see him play regularly.

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Van Der Vaart - 'I miss Spurs'

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Former Spurs crowd favourite say Louis Van Gaal would be a fantastic appointment for Spurs when his stint as Holland boss ends after the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Two names seen constantly to be in the frame to replace Sherwood in the summer, who was signed with an 18 month contract but in most supporters eyes an interim Head Coach until the summer.
Van Der Vaart I do miss Spurs
Van Der Vaart - "I do miss Spurs"

Prior to Sherwood being appointed Daniel Levy sounded out both 62 year-old Van Gaal and Italy's 56 year-old Cesare Prandelli. Neither were available until after the World Cup though and both would welcome the chance to work in the Premier League.

Van der Vaart moved to Hamburg from Tottenham in August 2012 after two years in London and has been captaining Holland through qualification.

“He would be great at Tottenham, and not just for him but for Tottenham as well.He’s a great manager. He knows how to win big games and how to talk to a team.

“It’s something special when every training session is 100 per cent, and he knows so much about football. You see it in his meetings and how he talks to his players.

“Tottenham are always one of the best football-playing teams in Europe, but they bought too many players. It’s important also for the fans that they keep the players who were already there for many years, so when the people come to the stadium they have a feeling with the players. That’s the most important thing.

“In the coming years, there’s a good chance for them to lift the Premier League.

“Bale's a great player, who scored many goals last season, and he’s a big loss, for sure. He’s got a good mentality, a good guy, quiet; there’s no arrogance or anything.

“To be fair, he was a good player then, but I didn’t expect Real Madrid to pay €100 million for him. Now he has to prove it.”

“I really loved it at Tottenham. I still miss it sometimes: the great people there, the stadium, the fans, it’s something special. But I wanted to go back to Hamburg and the chance came and I took it. I’m also happy here, but I do miss Spurs sometimes.”

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Joe Cole's Mistake

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Yes, that's right, his mistake. When asked if he was happy at Liverpool, he gave the same run-of-the-mill answer, but did manage to let on that things weren't going to plan. No sh*t Sherlock!

You know it's only a matter of time before the mainstream media junkies start writing headlines like "The Prodigal Son Returns" and "I'm REDy to Quit my Liverpool Hell".

As far as I am concerned, Joe can rot up in Liverpool. Joe Cole chose to go after the money, setting aside ambition. From what I've seen of him this season, he dribbles with the ball from right to left a great deal, stops, dribbles some more and then either loses possession or makes a dreadful pass.

If anything, I would like to thank Joe Cole for choosing Liverpool over Tottenham Hotspur, for if he had decided to sign a 70K per week deal with us, a certain Van der Vaart may not have graced the White Hart Lane pitch.

Even though I wasn't pro-Cole when he was being linked with us, I still got that empty feeling after he had signed for Liverpool; you know the one - like you felt when you heard that West Ham had won the bid to takeover the Olympic Stadium - you didn't want us to get it, but at the same time, you felt disheartened.

Maybe Joe Cole could have been a real Tottenham Hotspur player. One that inspired us and got the team going. But as I said, Mr. Cole made his choice. Now he can't wait to get out of his Anfield hell. Well, I won't be welcoming him at Spurs. Even if Liverpool were to gift wrap him to us without a transfer fee and even if he accepted below-par wages, I still wouldn't want him anywhere near White Hart Lane. Firstly, he wouldn't be an improvement on what we have, secondly, he's an expert at writing sicknotes and thirdly, he would take up one of the valuable 25 man squad slots.

Someone better let Joe Cole in on the fact that we've moved on. Tottenham Hotspur is simply too big for Joe Cole.

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The Mercenary in the Corner

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Have I missed something here? As far as I am concerned, Wayne Rooney has every right not to sign/accept a new contract if, and that's a big "if", he and his advisers feel he can get more elsewhere.

It seems as though the media have been camped in the North-West for far too long, and with the impending implosion of Rooney's demands, it seems the media wagon will have to extend its lease for the foreseeable future.

Let's put it another way; if I am head-hunted by a competitor firm and they assure me that I will earn nearly double to what I am earning right now, I would be a fool if I didn't give the offer the time of day.

A few moronic former footballers have said that it really doesn't make a difference if you are on £150,000 a week or £200,000 a week. You what? Oh, let's not forget that these are the same guys that have gone on record and said "present footballers do not comprehend the value of money". It looks as though these former players, turned financial comedians, are the ones that know nothing.

I can understand the frustration of the Manchester United fans, for if Rafael van der Vaart was to suddenly state that he wanted to leave and would not sign a new deal, I know how I would feel. Thing is, each and every person needs to look out for themselves. If Wayne Rooney thinks he can get a double-your-money deal at City or at another club, surely he has every right to look at all possible avenues.

What I do disagree with however, is the way Mr. Rooney has conducted himself since the World Cup. Fair enough mate, you want a better deal, but for heaven's sake, act like a footballer that deserves one.

Unless you have been living in a cave since June, you would have heard and/or seen reports that Wayne Rooney has been missing. Whether he has an ankle injury or not, the way he has performed of late has been nothing short of pitiful.

No matter what you think of Wayne Rooney, he is a world class footballer, although his recent performances would state otherwise. He needs to get back to what he does best, be it for Manchester United or another club. Unfortunately, that may not be so easy, for getting your head straight can take a lot time.

According to reports in relation to the West Brom game last Saturday, the fans chanted Rooney's name as he came on as a second half sub. However, the supporters chants turned silent as Wayne's introduction collapsed all hope of a revival. "The United players became despondent and the game turned flat", were some of the remarks (cheers Chapper's).

So then, when will Harry and Levy get the cheque book out?

It's an amazing situation that Rooney could become a free agent, someone who is worth £50-60 million.

He's in a situation whereby if he does not want to sign a contract then in 18 months he is a free agent. He's in a position where if someone gives him personally £30 million then he is still a cheap player. He can go down that road and Man United can do nothing about it.

Those were Harry's quotes.

And why not? It's obvious that Rooney wants to earn as much as possible. If no offers are forthcoming, he may just play out his contract, although I can't see Sir Alex Ferguson allowing that to happen.

All in all, I wouldn't like to be a United fan at the moment.

Come on you Spurs!

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Aaron Lennon Has Found His Form

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For those that were at the ground on Saturday, how many of you actually kept your eyes on Aaron Lennon? I know I did and for the first time in what has seemed absolutely ages, the lad looks like he's getting back to his best.

Harry made the change in the second half against Villa, replacing Roman Pavlyuchenko with Aaron Lennon, and asking Rafa to slot in just behind Crouch. What may have looked obvious to a lot of us, proved to be the Redknapp masterstroke.

In the end, it all seemed too much for poor old Villa. With Lennon bombing up and down on the right, Bale on the opposite flank and Van der Vaart playing just off Crouch, Harry has shown us all that the 4-5-1 formation can work wonders.

I know everyone is ranting and raving about Rafa at the moment, but let's face it, the lad is world class and therefore performances like the one he put out on Saturday should be expected. I am more interested in the resurgence of Lennon. We have all craved to see Bale and Lennon on fire in the same game. On Saturday, we got a glimpse of things to come.

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Bargain of the Premier League

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World Class
So tell me, which player was the best bargain signed in the last transfer window?

Some may argue that Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh, who came in on a free, could be branded as the best bargain of the summer. I've not seen him play live and therefore can't comment too much on him, unless it's to tell him than no matter what he does to his hair, he doesn't look like Ronaldo.

Could Rafael Van der Vaart be that player? After all, he has been simply sensational thus far. The Dutch maestro has taken to our Spurs team astutely and calmly. I certainly didn't expect him to hit the ground running and thought that it could take a good few months before he came good. However, since his debut, he has been performing as though he has been playing for us for several seasons.

It's not just his goals either, which he's now scored three in the Premier League and one in the Champion's League. It's not even his passing and vision. No, for me, it's his tenacity and passion. Watching him live today at The Lane, you could see that he always wanted the ball, demanded it, needed it.

His willingness to tackle also hasn't gone amiss. On at least ten different occasions today, he won the ball back and set up another attack.

It looks as though the rest of the lads have taken to him to, with them warming to his every attempt. What about us? Well, we absolutely love the fella.

As regards my original question; at just £8 million from Real Madrid, Rafael van der Vaart is that bargain.

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The Big One - For West Ham

11:54 am
Even with the midweek debacle, the majority of our players have been well rested and let's face it, they deserve to give us something to cheer about. 

I can see us getting a win, purely because we are a lot better than West Ham at this point in the season. I know that football doesn't always work like that, but from seeing West Ham on one occasion live this season against Bolton (yes, I was asked to go, and thinking that I could possibly get lucky, went along), they were about as lucky as I was on the night. Terrible and dross are but two adjectives that spring to mind. I haven't watched a team so inept of confidence since the Ramos days.

Has Grant lost the dressing room? Maybe he has. I think a few West Ham fans will come on here and let us know the answer to that. 

With The Modfather back in action today and with Bale and Transit (VDV) on form, I can't see us getting anything but a win.

We may not be the most consistent side at the moment, but this is a London derby and surely that's got to count for something? Of course, we all know that this match means more to the Hammers than it does to us, but as things stand, anything they could get from the game would be a bonus.

As I said above, I can see our attacking play overwhelming them, especially in midfield. Unless Parker can pick up Transit, we may run riot. Our new Dutch maestro is beginning to show why many Real Madrid fans were left disgusted at losing him; and imagine, he's been carrying a niggling calf injury, but has still shown us why he truly can be placed in the "Worldclass" category.

Even if fellow Spurs lovechild Parker can chase him out of the game, who will mark Bale and Modric? I ate my words after the Arsenal match, but I can't see me having to eat humble pie after this game has run its course.

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The Red Snub

3:12 pm
So I've been reading the remarks made by Rafa van der Vaart (VDV - sounds like an illness, doesn't it?).  He chose us instead of going up north to Liverpool.

Now, don't get me wrong, I really don't mind it that we've signed the lad.  He is a top top player and I have no doubt that he could go on to become a Spurs legend.  All I wish is that instead of talking up why a player did this and that, I personally would have preferred him to have remained shtoom and let his feet do the talking.

This "I could have joined Liverpool, but chose to come to London instead" talk, really doesn't wash with me.  If you're going to win the hearts of the fans, it's your skills away at places such as Liverpool, which will merit you the status of god.

Rant over.  It's still nice to know that international class players are choosing us over Liverpool.

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van der Vaart: To be confirmed or not confirmed, that is the question!

6:03 am
The man of the moment, Rafael van der Vaart
Am I right in thinking that the English Premier League transfer window was firmly shut at 6pm yesterday (Tuesday, 31st August 2010)?

If that is the case, how is that neither Tottenham Hotspur nor the Premier League have announced the transfer of Mr. van der Vaart?  I understand that the paperwork was filed and that Daniel Levy and his sidekick, Darren Eales were attempting to push through the deal and, according to Marca, had succeeded in doing so.

Thing is, Rafael van der Vaart (RVDV) was sitting comfortably in Madrid yesterday evening. Medical, anyone?  Could it be that the necessary paperwork did go through in time, but the Dutchman has yet to take his medical?

We never like doing anything the easy way round at Spurs, therefore, why should this deal be any different?

If something were to go wrong now, I will find a field and bury myself in it.  I think RVDV will do the same, especially after the interview he gave to the Dutch newspaper,

"I can hardly believe it myself [on the transfer to Tottenham Hotspur]. It's a pity I cannot now play against Ajax in the Champions League but now I get to visit FC Twente. That will be fun!

"The interest from Tottenham has only today [Tuesday, 31st August 2010] become concrete. But then it [the paperwork] went in quickly. In any case I did not take long to think about the deal. I just want to play football again and if possible, every week, at a great club like Tottenham Hotspur. I'm totally happy with the deal and look forward to this new challenge in my career." -

Need a shovel Rafael?

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Tottenham Sign Rafael van der Vaart

7:59 pm
Spanish newspaper, Marca, have confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur have signed Real Madrid's Dutch International midfielder, Rafael van der Vaart.  The deal is believed to be in the region of £8 million.

The club's website has said nothing though, so watch this space.  If this story is true, it's a superb signing.  RVDV can play anywhere across midfield, and in the hole behind the striker.

Source: Marca

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Who's Harry about to buy?

11:57 am
Our great win against the Brum was truly marred by The Modfather's leg fracturing and Ledley suffering a groin injury.

I suppose the one bit of good news is that Woody came through his first training session on Friday. I'm not sure how long he'll still be out for though, but seeing as we don't play for two weeks, he could be fit in time for our biggest test yet, Manchester United at home, although I don't think he'll be match-fit.

I hope we'll get to hear how long Luka will be out for and of course, we send him our regards.

As regards Ledder's, it all depends on what he's done to his groin. If he's torn it, then we could be looking at 4-6 weeks. A tweak can take him out for up to 3 weeks, as can a pulled groin. Either way, I can't see him being back for Man U game.

I was at the Lane on Saturday and saw that Charlie clearly isn't a centre-half. He's a very good full-back, but that's the extent of his game. He just didn't look at all comfortable, especially when being pressured.

So then, what do we do? I'm sure Harry will be looking to bring someone in. Maybe Sgt. Wilson's mate, Ozzie Chavez, can be brought in on a short-term deal?

As regards our goal keeping position, I think Harry's not too pleased with either Carlo or Gomes and may look to bring in James. I don't think James is the answer, but Harry knows him and so make take the plunge.

In relation to signing a left winger to replace Modric, I've got a feeling Keano will be filling that spot until Luka returns, with Crouch and Defoe playing up front. After all, Robbie slotted into that position fairly okay in Luka's absence.

Whist at The Lane on Saturday, I had a great conversion with a guy named Tony. He obviously knew his football and said that "Harry won't be in for that Dutch Real player (Van der Vaart) as Harry prefers to play two central holding midfielders with the other two midfielders being very attack minded.

I agreed with Tony. Azza is a right winger and The Modfather plays on the left but is given the freedom to do as he wishes. Even though I would love to see the likes of Van der Vaart at White Hart Lane, but what would happen when Luka returned to action? We would either have an unhappy Croatian or Dutchman.

If Harry is looking to bring in James, I would ask that Portsmouth take Cudicini as part of the deal. I would then try my damn hardest to sign another midfield enforcer. Unfortunately, both Sandro and Sissoko are unavailable.

I do believe that we need a short-term solution at centre-half, although that's way easier said then done.

Whatever happens, I think there will be some movement before the window closes.

Niko Kranjńćar anyone?

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