White Hart Lane supporters face anxious wait.
The Premier League is looking at Tottenham’s deadline-day £8m transfer for Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart, BBC Sport understands.
Spurs moved for the 27-year-old Dutch international only two hours before the transfer window closed at 1800 BST.
But the Premier League is examining the circumstances around the switch and a decision is expected on Wednesday.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp claimed Van der Vaart had been set to join Bayern Munich for £18m but the deal collapsed.
“He’s a great passer of the ball, he’s a top footballer, he will join in here and be a big plus,” said Redknapp, who is hopeful the deal will be approved by the Premier League.
Van der Vaart helped Netherlands reach this summer’s World Cup final, which Spain won 1-0, but has struggled to establish himself at Real since signing from Hamburg two years ago. (BBC Sport)
Tottenham fans will be waiting pensively for news on this deal. They will have an eye on stencilling the letters to Rafael Van der Vaart’s name on the back of their shirts and it all depends on the boffins at the Premier League. Was the deal completed in time? Did all the I’s get dotted and the T’s get crossed?
If Harry Redknapp does pull off this deal it will undoubtedly be the best signing of the transfer window and at the price quoted it is also the bargain of the window to boot. Quite why Real Madrid would ask for so little is beyond me.
If the idea was to make sure a sale was completed so that they could remove the Dutchman from their wage bill, then why not do so sooner rather than leaving everything until the last minute?