Tottenham Transfer Rumors: Spurs Set to Add Ruud Van Nistelrooy to Front Line?
Tottenham Transfer Rumors See Spurs Potentially Angling for Former United Star Ruud van Nistelrooy to Fill Need at Striker
As the summer transfer window draws slowly closer, Tottenham Hotspur have found themselves as the subject of plenty of chatter about potential targets- and with good reason.
After all, Spurs found themselves with a subpar goalkeeper and a punchless front line (Peter Crouch was re-capturing his form from his Liverpool days down the stretch) as the season neared its conclusion, and many figured manager Harry Redknapp, always one to make moves in the offseason, would make some changes.
Now, according to a report from Mirror Football, the Spurs boss has set his sights on a familiar face in English football: Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The former Manchester United superstar found himself sent to Madrid in 2006 after a clash with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, but he has yet to lose that nose for the net that served him so well at Old Trafford as well as the Bernabeu.
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The 34-year-old striker netted 7 times in just 19 appearances with Hamburg last season, but has found himself plenty of suitors on the open market, including the North London club.
Per Mirror's report:
Van Nistelrooy, 34, said: “Spain would be great, but in the Premier League I have many good contacts. I will be a free agent this summer, with concrete offers.”
It's well-known that the Dutchman isn't Redknapp's ideal choice; that remains Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who could find himself on the way out at Stamford Bridge after this season. However, van Nistelrooy has shown himself fully capable of playing at a high level in the Premiership in the past, and showed at Hamburg that he still has a nose for the net if given the chance to thrive.
The big Dutchman looks to be an excellent low-cost solution for the White Hart Lane squad, who continue to look for effective targets for their attacking wings and midfielders. Van Nistelrooy fits the bill perfectly, and if Spurs sign him, he figures to recapture some of the form he displayed during his days prowling the box at Old Trafford.
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