Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch have contributed just 11 goals between them, and Harry Redknapp is now looking to improve his team’s chances of success and to increase the competition for places in up front with the summer signing of Dutch prolific striker and former Manchester United hitman, Ruud van Nistelrooy. With the classy striker coming to the end of his contract with SV Hamburger, Harry Redknapp is looking to swoop to sign Van Nistelrooy on a Bosman free transfer in July.
The horse-faced Dutchman needs little introduction, he has been absolutely lethal in front of goal for over a decade, with his league goal-scoring records at PSV (62 in 67), Manchester United (95 in 150) and Real Madrid (46 in 68), really standing out as stunning.
Upon leaving Real in January 2010, the Dutchman surprised some fans by moving to Hamburg in Germany; the Rothosen only managed a 7th-placed finish last year, and are obviously fond of that position, as they are currently sitting in 7th again this season. For a player who was used to Champions League football and the biggest clubs in Europe, the move to Hamburg may not have provided Van Nistelrooy with all he’d hoped.
But it must be remembered that the Dutch poacher is now 34 and will be 35 before the start of next season and he cannot therefore expect to stay at the very highest level any longer, as such, the apparent interest of Tottenham would most likely appeal to the big forward, who has earned 68 caps and scored 34 goals for his country.
Spurs could offer Van Nistelrooy the return to the Premier League that he himself admits would interest him, and at a competitive level, especially if Tottenham manage to hold off Manchester City in the fight for 4th place and again qualify for the Champions League (or they could just do it the easy way and beat Real, Barca and Man Utd to win the competition and return as Champions… maybe).
Apparently happy to move on from Hamburg after just one and a half seasons, a return to the Premier League or La Liga is certainly of interest to the former United number 10,
“I am thinking about a nice club in England after this season,”
“Or a club in Spain, but I don’t think Real Madrid will come again after their efforts to bring me back in the January transfer window.”
“I have decided that if a really big European club does approach me, I will accept a role as reserve striker.”
Van Nistelrooy has a bit of a reputation as a sulker, a player who can let petulance get the better of him when things don’t go his way, but as he reaches the twilight of his career, the Dutch striker it seems, will even accept sitting on the bench if the right club comes in.
This could work well for Tottenham; he would cost nothing to buy, as his contract with Hamburg expires in the summer, so his wages could easily be covered, and with a year-long contract, if he plays and scores, great for the club, if he doesn’t play and/or doesn’t score, then no great loss as he can be shipped out at the end of the season.
Harry Redknapp is very aware of Van Nistelrooy’s talents as a goal-scorer, never one to rely on pace, his goal-scorer’s instinct and penalty-box positioning are second to none, and ‘Appy ‘Arry will be hoping that he can persuade the Dutchman to the Lane this summer, so he can feed off the quality passing and crossing of Bale, Lennon, Van der Vaart and Modric.
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