The playmaker spent two seasons with Tottenham Hotspur under Redknapp following a cut-price move from Spanish giants Real Madrid. He was instrumental in Spurs reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, finishing the season as top scorer with 15 goals in all competitions.
He returned to Germany with HSV - the club he played for between 2005 and 2008 - in 2012, being named club vice-captain and scoring five goals in his first season. Despite van der Vaart impressing in the 2013-14 season - contributing seven goals in 28 games - the former European Cup winners almost suffered the ignominy of being relegated from the top-flight for the first time since the end of World War I. However, Die Rothosen drew 1-1 on aggregate with 2. Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Furth in the relegation play-off - winning, and surviving in the top-flight, on the away goals rule.
Despite being lauded as a legend in Hamburg, it is unlikely that van der Vaart would be willing to be involved in another relegation scrap this season, and, if Redknapp can convince the Dutchman that QPR have big plans for 2014/15, he could secure his services.
Turkish side Besiktas have also shown an interest in the £3 million rated attacker, although Get West London believes that QPR would be willing to secure van der Vaart's financial future, as the 31-year old looks for one final big move of his career.
Manager Harry Redknapp is keen on only signing the correct players for their return to the Premier League, and the 67-year old coach is expressly focused upon players he already has experience of. Speaking after the R's secured promotion to the Premier League, with their injury time victory over Derby County in the play-off final, Redknapp said: “I’m not going to sign anybody I don’t want, no way. I’ll only sign players I know even if you can’t be 100 per cent sure."
Van der Vaart represents the ideal candidate for Redknapp's new rebuilding process, as the combined experience of Champions League football that they share is the experience that QPR are currently aiming for.