Spurs await van der Vaart clearance

Spurs remain poised to land Tuesday’s biggest coup as the window

closed in unexpected drama. Manager Harry Redknapp revealed he

became aware of Real Madrid midfielder Van der Vaart’s availability

for a cut-price £8million just two hours before the 6pm

cut-off. But as night fell, there was still no confirmation from

either club that the move had been completed in time. Redknapp

claimed 27-year-old Holland star Van der Vaart had been due to join

Bayern Munich for £18million but the move broke down. He said

on Sky Sports News: “It’s still dragging on. “We have been trying

to do something but 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.”