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.