Van der Vaart deal delay probed

The Premier League are understood to be investigating what Spurs

claim were difficulties involving computer servers used in the

£8million transaction between themselves and Real, which

hindered their attempts to submit the relevant paperwork on time.

It is not the first time the Premier League have assessed whether a

transfer 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. On Tuesday night, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp

revealed he was alerted to the availability of Holland star Van de

Vaart just two hours before the window closed at 6pm. Redknapp

claimed the 27-year-old had been set to join Bayern Munich for

£18million on Monday but the move broke down. He said on Sky

Sports News on Tuesday: “We are waiting to see if it has all gone

through and we are hoping it has. “It’s something to do with

clearance. “I think he was going to Bayern Munich yesterday for

£18million and suddenly he became much cheaper. “They let me

know around 4pm that he was available for £8million and, for

that money, he is a top player who will definitely improve us. “The

fee has come crashing down because the deadline is so close. “He’s

a great passer of the ball, he’s a top footballer, he will join in

here and be a big plus for us.” Van der Vaart helped Holland reach

this summer’s World Cup final but has struggled to establish

himself at Real since signing from Hamburg two years ago. Redknapp

also revealed he had made an approach for Liverpool winger Ryan

Babel, saying: “He was a player we made an enquiry about but it

never came close.” Should the Van der Vaart move gain Premier

League approval, the midfielder would become Redknapp’s second

deadline-day signing. Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa finally

completed his season-long loan move Spartak Moscow on Tuesday

afternoon, with the north Londoners thought to have an option to

make the deal permanent.