Spurs sweat on Van der Vaart’s move from Madrid

Tottenham is waiting for Rafael van der Vaart’s move from Real
Madrid to be sanctioned by the Premier League after the deal was
completed as the transfer window was closing until January.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he was only alerted to the
Netherlands international’s availability two hours before the 1700
GMT transfer deadline on Tuesday.

Redknapp says Van der Vaart had been set to join Bayern Munich
on Monday for 18 million pounds ($28 million), but that deal
collapsed and he was made available for 8 million pounds.

Redknapp says that ”the fee has come crashing down because the
deadline is so close.”

Van der Vaart has struggled to establish himself at Madrid since
signing from Hamburg two years ago.