There are rumors coming out of the Netherlands today, suggesting Newcastle United have an interest in, and are aggressively pursuing Hamburg captain and Dutch International, Rafael van der Vaart.
Van der Vaart – Dutch International would be great acquisition
The 25 year-old Van der Vaart was in good form last season, captaining his side to 2nd place in the Bundesliga.
He scored 10 goals last season, and of course some top teams would be interested in the player, if he becomes officially available.
Chelsea, Juventus and Valencia are said to be keeping tabs on the player, in addition to Newcastle, since the player has so far refused to sign a new contract at his German club.
Sources in Holland however have suggested today that the Dutchman is England bound, and they are saying that Newcastle are leading the chase for the player.
We’ll not have to get too excited about this, but if Newcastle can capture this player, it would be a great signing, to say the very least.
This summer, Newcastle are not too good a proposition for the very top players, and hopefully that will be vastly improved next year by this time, but we cannot complain about the club not pursuing the top players.
Van der Vaart has played 74 times for Hamburg with 29 goals, and before that at Ajax, he played for the top Dutch club 117 times with 52 goals. He is a wonderfully gifted player.
The 5’9″ attacking midfielder was born to a Spanish mother and a Dutch father in Heemskerk, in North Holland, and has so far played 53 times for Holland and scored 12 goals.
Spanish and Dutch heritage for a footballer isn’t too bad at all, and it seems all he’s missing is a Geordie grandmother. 😀
Rafael could be playing in today’s game against Italy tonight, we’ll be watching – and dreaming.