Everybody knows that two qualities of Harry Redknapp's management style are his strong relationships with former players that mean they are open to playing under the QPR boss once again if the opportunity arises, and his ability to pick up a bargain.
And when those two things come together regarding an experienced, quality player, there are few managers like the former Spurs and West Ham boss when it comes to announcing special transfer deals.
Redknapp has already done it a couple of times this summer, signing Manchester United and England legend Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer. He followed that up with the capture of former Spurs centre back Steven Caulker from Cardiff City, another scoop considering he was said to have been considered by his old club, as well as Liverpool and Arsenal before the Hoops made their move.
And now Redknapp is looking into doing it again, with reports stating he is looking into bringing Dutch international and former Spurs and Real Madrid star Rafael van der Vaart back to London.
Having stated that he would like to acquire a strong number 10 for his QPR squad as they return to the Premier League, Goal report that Redknapp was open to exploring the possibility of signing the ex Ajax captain.
“He’s a great footballer, great professional and a goalscorer. He’d get you 10 to 12 goals a year in that position,” Redknapp told West London Sport.
“I like Rafa. He’s an interesting player and has got class.”
Redknapp and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy surprised the footballing world when they signed the Dutchman from Real Madrid in 2010 in the last few hours of the transfer window. Van Der Vaart went on to have two impressive seasons in North London, scoring 24 goals in 63 games, before returning to former club Hamburg.
A possible arrival at Loftus Road wouldn't be quite as big a piece of news as his original move to England, but the 31-year-old would still be a superb addition to the QPR squad.