PL approve Spurs’ van der Vaart swoop

Spurs had been sweating on clearance to bring the 27-year-old to

White Hart Lane after technical difficulties hampered their efforts

to submit the relevant paperwork for the move before Tuesday’s 6pm

transfer deadline. But after investigating the club’s claims that

there were difficulties involving computer servers used in the

transaction between themselves and Real, the Premier League

ratified the signing. The Premier League said in a statement: “The

Premier League can confirm the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart’s

registration from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur.” Tottenham

announced: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached

agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Rafael van der

Vaart.” Manager Harry Redknapp last night revealed he was alerted

to Van der Vaart’s availability just two hours before the window

closed. Redknapp also claimed the player had been set to join

Bayern Munich for £18million on Monday but the move broke

down. However, that was categorically denied this afternoon by the

Spanish giants, with sports director Miguel Pardeza telling his

club’s official website: “It is absolutely false that Real Madrid

received a 21million euro offer from Bayern Munich for Van der

Vaart. “In fact, the German team never showed an interest to sign

the player, so the allegations made in England have greatly

surprised us.” Van der Vaart’s transfer is not the first to be

assessed by the Premier League over whether a deal has been

completed before the deadline. In February 2009, they took a day to

sanction Andrei Arshavin’s move to Arsenal. A year earlier,

Manchester City were unable to formally announce the signing of

Benjani Mwaruwari’s from Portsmouth for almost a week due to a

wrangle over whether the paperwork had been submitted before the

deadline. But they needed to make a decision on Van der Vaart by

5pm on Wednesday, as that was the cut-off point for clubs to submit

their 25-man senior squads for the first half of the Premier League