Spurs told to rival Liverpool for Bundesliga star

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Rafael van der Vaart has urged Tottenham to sign his compatriot Mark van Bommel.

The Bayern Munich captain is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool are known to be interested in the Dutchman but are expected to have to fight off interest from a number of potential suitors - and Van der Vaart is hopeful one of those can be Spurs.

"Mark is a super player with lots of experience who would help any team," said the Tottenham star.

"Tottenham want to take the next step to get to the same level as our local rivals Arsenal. I think that is possible. Therefore we can use good players."

Van der Vaart believes he can convince the Tottenham board to make a move for his international teammate and hopes he will join him to see out their careers together at White Hart Lane.

"My heart is now at Tottenham. It is not a huge club but rather a real traditional club, like I have already learned to love at Hamburg or Ajax," he added.

"I feel settled in London and would like to play here for many years."

Whether Tottenham will make a formal move for Van Bommel remains to be seen, but Liverpool on the other hand have already made enquiries as to his availability.

"I know about Liverpool's interest, but other offers are currently more interesting," said the player's agent, Mino Raiola.

"I cannot guarantee 100 per cent that he will stay with Bayern, but there is no rush with negotiations — I just have to do a good job.

"I have got to find Mark the perfect club and we still have enough time for that."

Van Bommel would certainly bring some added steel to the Liverpool midfield - something Kenny Dalglish is keen to introduce during his time at Anfield.

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