Tottenham Transfer News: One Spurs Star Set to Stay at Club, Another Released

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent IJuly 14, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Louis Saha of Everton holds off the challenge of Rafael van der Vaart of Tottenham during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on October 23, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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For Rafael van der Vaart and Louis Saha, the news could not be much more different.

While VDV may actually be staying with Tottenham for the foreseeable future, Saha is no longer a Spur.


Rafael Staying?

Two years ago, Harry Redknapp brought Rafael van der Vaart to White Hart Lane from Real Madrid.

Since then, the Dutch attacker has been an important cog in Tottenham's success, scoring important goals and helping Spurs through their first Champions League campaign.

However, when Redknapp was relieved of his duties last month, many believed van der Vaart would be following him out the door.

Additionally, German club Hamburg have not been shy to express their desire for the 29-year-old's services.

In an interview with German tabloid Bild, though, VDV quelled the rumours linking him with a move away from the Lane and expressed his desire to stay with Tottenham:

"It's unbelievable how my name is speculated around Europe. I can only say these are only speculations. I will probably stay at Tottenham."

For Spurs, this could be a very good result.

The signing of Gylfi Sigurðsson and the potential signing of João Moutinho would almost certainly push van der Vaart out of a starting role, but he could be a very influential substitute.

Given his inability to last 90 minutes over the recent past, this would probably be the ideal role for van der Vaart.


Louis Saha Released

Less than six months after signing for the club, striker Louis Saha has officially been released from his contract with Tottenham, as confirmed by the club's website.

The Frenchman moved to White Hart Lane on a piece of deadline-day business by Harry Redknapp in January.

In his debut, he scored twice against Newcastle in a 5-0 win. His opener against Arsenal made it three goals in three matches.

From there, though, the goals dried up, as he scored one goal in his last eight appearances.

The 33-year-old was always seen as a temporary bandage for Spurs' troubles up front and was expected to leave this summer.


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