New Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, aka AVB, has expressed his desire to keep Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane despite contrasting reports in the papers, Sky Sports reports.
According to sources, the Dutchman has been linked with a return to Hamburger SV.
To make matters worse for Tottenham, Rothosen boss Thorsten Fink has revealed that he would welcome the Holland international’s return to the Imtech Arena.
Van der Vaart donned Hamburg colours from 2005-08, netting 29 goals in 74 matches for the German Bundesliga outfit.
Now then, earlier this week, the 29-year-old rubbished the aforementioned transfer rumours, calling them “just gossip”.
Although Spurs and AVB are willing to let Luka Modric leave White Hart Lane, they want to keep hold of Van der Vaart.
“With Van der Vaart, at the moment I am absolutely counting on him,” said AVB.
“It is a totally different situation from Luka, who has been chased by different clubs in the past two seasons and is continuing to drag interest.
“We have to make sure the club’s interests are met, and it is up to the chairman to decide that.”
Van der Vaart bagged 11 goals and seven assists in 33 league appearances for Tottenham last term.
Michael Bradley to Roma
According to Sky Sports, USA international midfielder Michael Bradley is heading to Roma, via Chievo, for a reported fee of £3 million.
Bradley’s new four-year deal ties him to the Stadio Olimpico until 30th June, 2016.
The 24-year-old started 34 Serie A matches for Chievo Verona in 2011-12, netting one goal and one assist.
As part of the deal, Romanian midfielder Adrian Stoian will join Chievo for the 2012-13 season.
Ibra nears PSG switch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola is hoping that his client can complete his move to French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain soon, Sky Sports reports.
Thiago Silva, Ibra’s team-mate at Milan, penned his deal with the French club on Saturday, and it’s looks just a matter of time before the Sweden international joins him at the Parc des Princes.
“Everyone asks me if it is 90 or 99 per cent done,” Raiola told L’Equipe. “But these percentage stories don’t interest me.
“In my mind, you have a deal, or you don’t. There is nothing in between.
“Today, nothing is finalized yet. We will keep working on this deal. I insist on one point: in a contract, every detail is important. But I really hope to reach an agreement with PSG. This weekend is a time for reflection.”
Ibra finished the 2011-12 campaign as the top-scorer in the Italian Serie A with 28 goals. He also bagged five goals and four assists in eight UEFA Champions League starts.