Hamburg priced out of move for Tottenham’s van der Vaart

Hamburg’s hopes of re-signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart have been hit by the price tag placed on the Netherlands international by the Premier League club, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Bundesliga side had hoped to bring van der Vaart back to the club at which he played between 2005 and 2008 but could not hope to meet either the player’s wage demands or the fee imposed by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, the Mirror added.

Van der Vaart made 112 appearances for Hamburg, scoring 48 goals, before joining Real Madrid. The 29-year-old spent two seasons in the Spanish capital before switching to Tottenham, where he has thus far featured in nearly 80 fixtures, getting on the score sheet on 28 occasions.

A Hamburg-born businessman, Klaus-Michael Kuhne, suggested that the Hamburg supporters could club together to fund the club’s move for van der Vaart. Kuhne, worth an estimated $6bn, said that 60,000 club members paying €100 – or even half that total – would be a “great thing”.

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