Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rafael So Pleased by Spurs Transfer; Deal for Holland Midfielder Van der Vaart Is Finalised

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rafael So Pleased by Spurs Transfer; Deal for Holland Midfielder Van der Vaart Is Finalised

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RAFAEL van der Vaart's pounds 8million move to Tottenham from Real Madrid was the most high-profile of the transfer deadline-day deals to be ratified by the Premier League yesterday afternoon.

Spurs had been sweating on being given the green light to sign the Holland midfielder after technical issues hampered their attempts to submit the relevant paperwork prior to last Tuesday's 6pm deadline.

But after investigating the club's claims that there were difficulties involving computer servers used in the transaction between Tottenham and Real, the Premier League sanctioned the signing. Tottenham had been involved in a scramble to land Van der Vaart yesterday after only becoming aware of his availability two hours before the window shut. Manager Harry Redknapp had suggested the cut-price transfer fee was the result of an pounds 18million move for the player by Bayern Munich breaking down.

But that was categorically denied yesterday by the Spanish giants, who insisted no such offer had been made.

Van der Vaart, deemed surplus to requirements at Real, told De Telegraaf: "Four years at Spurs, for 11million euros, I can hardly believe it myself.

"The interest from Tottenham came very quick and I did not have much time to think.

"But I want to play football again and if possible every week, with a beautiful club. I'm totally happy. I am excited about playing in England. Whether it suits my style remains to be seen, but I think a good footballer can adapt and I am very proud of this transfer."

Confirming they had given Van der Vaart's move the green light, the Premier League said in a statement: "The Premier League can confirm the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart's registration from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur."

West Ham were another club made to wait before being able to announce a signing. But the Premier League eventually gave their approval to the free transfer of Denmark right-back Lars Jacobsen from Blackburn. …

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