Germans must up offer, says boss.
Tottenham head-coach Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that the club are in negotiations with Hamburg over the sale of Rafael van der Vaart but says the Bundesliga club must up their offer to land the Dutchman.
Despite scoring 25 goals in two seasons and generally impressing at White Hart Lane, van der Vaart has been linked with a move back to Germany this summer – reportedly because his wife’s TV career is suffering in London.
The 29-year-old enjoyed three seasons at Hamburg before joining Real Madrid and still holds the club in high regard and would welcome a return.
But Villas-Boas said the Germans opening offer, believed to be around £8m, is not respectful, despite Spurs paying Madrid the same fee for van der Vaart two years ago.
“We have had interest from Hamburg, but an offer of that dimension is not something the player deserves,” Villas-Boas is quoted as saying by ITV.
“Tottenham should be respected as a club. (The transfer) doesn’t seem to be happening.”
It is thought that Spurs will accepted an offer in the region of £14m for the former Ajax forward, as Villas-Boas looks to drastically reshape his squad.
Tottenham have already signed Fulham’s Moussa Dembele and are reportedly keen on Willian of Shakhtar, Rennes striker Loic Remy and Joao Moutinho of Porto.
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