New boss could sell Dutch star.
New Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is preparing to sell forward Rafael van der Vaart in order to raise much needed transfer funds, reports the London Evening Standard.
The Portuguese has a lengthy list of transfer targets including France ‘keeper Hugo Lloris, Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho, Loic Remy and Emmanuel Adebayor, and is ready to sacrifice the popular Dutchman to help finance a spending spree.
Van der Vaart has been a huge hit at Spurs since his summer deadline day move from Real Madrid in 2010. Often playing in an advance midfield role behind a lone striker, the 29-year-old has bagged 29 league goals in two seasons but has struggled to remain consistently fit.
Villas-Boas admires van der Vaart as a player but privately feels that the Dutch International is too tactically limited and not fit enough to play in his preferred 4-3-3 system. Villas-Boas is keen to employ Adebayor as a lone centre-forward, supported by two goal-scoring wingers – likely to be Gareth Bale and Remy – and a dynamic midfield trio which will likely include new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Bundesliga duo Hamburg and Schalke are both interested in signing van der Vaart, who is happy at Spurs but would not turn down a move to Germany, which is far closer to where his wife Sylvie works as TV presenter in their native Holland.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will demand at least £11 million for the star.
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