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Tottenham blame slow servers to clinch Van der Vaart deal

Tottenham are banking on computer server problems to clear them to signing Rafael van der Vaart. The Mirror says Spurs were today hopeful of being given the all clear over the signing of Van der Vaart after technical problems saw them struggle to complete the £8million move before the transfer deadline.

The Premier League are understood to be investigating what Spurs claim were difficulties involving computer servers used in the transaction between themselves and Real, which hindered their attempts to submit the relevant paperwork on time.

It is not the first time the Premier League have assessed whether a transfer has been completed before the deadline.

In February 2009, they took a day to sanction Andrei Arshavin's move to Arsenal.

A year earlier, Manchester City were unable to formally announce the signing of Benjani Mwaruwari's from Portsmouth for almost a week due to a wrangle over whether the paperwork had been submitted before the deadline.

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