Hamburg closing in on shock deal for Tottenham's Van der Vaart

Hamburg are set to swoop for Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.

De Telegraaf says Van der Vaart is on the verge of completing a return to former club Hamburg as Andre Villas-Boas continues his radical restructuring of Tottenham's squad.

The Spurs boss has already sanctioned the departures of six first-team players, with more set to follow Van der Vaart out of the exit door.

All that is left to be agreed to complete the deal is a transfer fee, with Spurs holding out for £9.5million.

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