Harry considers veteran swoop.
Ruud van Nistelrooy is itching for a move back to the Premier League. Or anywhere else where someone can match his £100,000-a-week wage demands. “In January I can negotiate,” he predicted. “I’m fully fit now, healthy physically and mentally.” And that, it seems, is good enough for Tottenham. (Guardian)
If you had a pound for every time Ruud Van Nistlerooy has been linked with a move to Tottenham you would have a great many pound coins (perhaps around 73) but it appears the speculation about such a move is only growing over time. The Dutchman is very much surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu and the signs are that he may be interested in a new challenge and return to the Premier League that made him the household name that he is today.
Ruud’s time in La Liga has been marked by a series of injuries but it should be noted that the former Man United striker’s ability to find the back of the net is as evident as ever. In three and a bit seasons at Real Madrid the Dutchman has managed to score 64 goals in 96 matches, and that is a very impressive set of stats.
Yes at 33 he is clearly in the Autumn of his career but as a short term option it could be a decent option for Harry Redknapp. With Roman Pavlyuchenko seemingly heading for the exit the Tottenham boss will be keen to get his side back to his desired quota of four top level strikers and as such Van Nistelrooy would more than suffice. Any large wage demands will be countered by the fact he would cost relatively little, the only issue may be that the accomplished striker may not be happy to bench warm at White Hart Lane.