Hamburg want to re-sign Dutchman.
Van der Vaart has been subject of intense speculation all summer, with reports in Holland suggesting that the 29-year-old has set his heart on a return to Germany.
Spurs bought the midfielder from Real Madrid in August 2010 after he spent two difficult years in Spain, following a switch from Hamburg, where they still treat him a club legend.
Van der Vaart scored 29 goals in 74 matches during that spell, helping Hamburg to two Intertoto Cup titles, and although the club has fallen on harder times since, long-term investor Klaus-Michael Kuhne has made it a personal ambition to bring Dutchman back to the Volksparkstadion.
The ambition has been shared by Hamburg’s technical director Frank Arnesen, who spoke of Van der Vaart’s quality this week, telling the German media: ‘Van der Vaart is an outstanding player, who’s currently under contract at Tottenham. Everything else we keep to ourselves.’
The potential for a deal to be done is likely to be sorted later this week, when Van der Vaart returns from holiday for a meeting with new Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.
Van der Vaart is keen to know what part he plays in the Tottenham revolution, and will need to be suitably impressed, with the family already said to be looking for houses
The ink is barely dry on Andre Villas-Boas’ contract at White Hart Lane and yet the Portuguese is already being overwhelmed by a flood of speculation about his star men. Luka Modric looks set to leave for Real Madrid, while Rafa van der Vaart is the latest star to be linked away from N17.
The Dutchman has already been mooted for a move to the Bundesliga this summer with Schalke, allegedly to work closer to his gorgeous wife Sylvie. But the 29-year-old’s former club Hamburg have now emerged as serious rivals for his signature, with the source claiming that VDV has his heart set on a return to the club where he produced the best football of his career.
Having said that, the Dutchman has hardly been poor in his two seasons at White Hart Lane and, despite the emergence of Modric and Gareth Bale, is still considered by many to be the club’s most important player.
One of Villas-Boas’ first jobs in north London will surely be to sit down with the playmaker and persuade him to stay.
Although, if reports are to be believed it could already be too late. Before the Portuguese arrived at the club, Spurs were linked with goal-scoring midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and its possible that chairman Daniel Levy knows something we don’t and has already begun preparing for life after Rafa.