Harry set to bring very big name to White Hart Lane.
Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was locked in talks with Tottenham last night and a deal could be announced as early as today, according to reports.
The Real Madrid forward is available on a free transfer and has been linked with numerous clubs during the transfer window, including Liverpool and Stoke.
Yet the 33-year-old appears to have settled on White Hart Lane as he looks to earn a place in the Holland squad ahead of the World Cup.
His arrival will act as the final nail in the coffin for Russian international Roman Pavlyuchenko, who is now certain to move on.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp may be forced to let others leave the club, as while there will be no transfer fee, van Nistelrooy’s wage demands are understood to be high. (Independent)
So there you have it. It seemed like this deal was on the back burner and was off the table but now this source, a respectable one, states that the deal could well be sealed within the next 24 hours. So is it a wise move for Tottenham? Is a move to White Hart Lane a sensible one for Ruud Van Nistelrooy?
All in all this move makes more sense to Harry Redknapp than it may do for the Dutchman. The Tottenham boss seems very content with his current first choice strike pairing of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe and whilst the Real Madrid man has a great pedigree he may find himself warming the bench at the north London club and surely that is something he wants to leave the Bernabeu side for just the same reason.
Obviously if the former Man United is firing on all cylinders then he would have a good chance of placating either of the chosen front two but he may struggle to do so at first. Some reports claim that whilst there will be no fee to bring in the forward he will be commanding a £100k a week salary and will be offered an 18 months contract so that will work out at around £7.8m to sign a 33 year old. Does that still sound like a good deal? I think it still makes good sense and will surely be more than paid for by any prospective move that Roman Pavlyuchenko makes.
Either way this signing, if it does indeed happen, will be something of a coup because a number of big sides across Europe have been making offers to Van Nistelrooy and should they capture him it would show just how far the club has come in the past year and a bit under Harry Redknapp’s guidance.