Former Tottenham player could be on his way to London rivals

Bundesliga side, Hamburg, have opened the door to Harry Redknapp and QPR, to sign their midfielder, Rafael van der Vaart, reports Inside Futbol. The Dutchman has Premier League experience from his time with Tottenham Hotspur, and Redknapp is looking to equip his side with quality players ahead of their return to the English top flight next year.

A move for van der Vaart would represent a reunion between a player and manager who had enjoyed success at Spurs beforehand. Van der Vaart was at the White Hart Lane club for 2 years, during which they were participants in the Champion’s League, under the guidance of the now-QPR boss.

Redknapp is looking to bring in some tried, tested and trusted quality, as his QPR side aim to maintain their Premier League status next year. Redknapp has already been linked with moves for some of his old players – including Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole – so the recent speculation surrounding him and the 31 year old Dutchman is perhaps not surprising.

Hamburg are reported to be open to the deal, and they will listen to any offers that QPR could make. Van der Vaart is one of the German club’s highest earners, and they are looking to reduce their outgoings ahead of next season. The team only just managed to preserve their Bundesliga status last year, emerging victorious out of a relegation play-off with Greuther Furth. It is believed that they are planning a squad shake-up ahead of next season.

Updated: June 14, 2014 — 9:45 am
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