Tottenham join race to sign ex-United striker

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Tottenham are said to have joined Bolton in a pursuit of Hamburg striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy, according to reports.

Van Nistelrooy has been linked to Tottenham on a few occasions in the past, and while Blackburn manager Steve Kean has openly expressed interest in the striker, the Daily Mail is reporting that Van Nistelrooy is demanding £4 million per season for a move to England.

Bolton could be unable to match such an offer, however Tottenham has the means to pay big money for Van Nistelrooy’s services. According to, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is unsatisfied with the current situation of his strikers, and believes Van Nistelrooy will at least bring a short term solution to his problems.


Van Nistelrooy has already expressed a desire to play in England once more, with the striker becoming unhappy at Hamburg over the blocking of a Real Madrid loan deal.

"A contract extension with Hamburg can now be ruled out," Van Nistelrooy’s agent Rodger Linse told the Hamburger Morgenpost after Hamburg blocked the short term loan.

Van Nistelrooy is now turning his attention to the possibility of joining an English or Spanish club.

"I am thinking about a nice club in England after this season, or a club in Spain," Van Nistelrooy told reporters.

"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. I would have accepted that too if the deal with Real Madrid had come off in January. They knew I was ready to step in when needed."

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