Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart has suggested he wouldn’t complain if Hamburg pulled off a move for current Spurs star Lewis Holtby.
Holtby is being strongly linked with a return to the Bundesliga and Hamburg have already confirmed they have made contact over a possible deal before the transfer deadline this Monday night.
Holtby’s chances of regular first team football at Tottenham this season are slim and although he’d be a top quality squad player for the club, he could push for a move away.
“Holtby would be a great signing. It would be great if that works. Lewis is flexible and has great playful qualities,” Van der Vaart is quoted by German tabloid Bild.
Van der Vaart is well placed to advise Holtby over any move because Hamburg is the club he joined when he left Spurs in 2012.
The German side’s off the field problems have been well documented but they appear to be heading in the right direction and Holtby’s arrival would only improve Mirko Slomka’s squad.
A loan deal would probably be preferable as far as Mauricio Pochettino is concerned because it opens up more possibilities.
Loaning Holtby to Hamburg would keep the player happy as he could get games but also provides Pochettino with the option of calling him back should Spurs suffer a bad run of injuries over the course of the season.
Spurs will play a high volume of games across the Premier League, domestic cup competitions and the Europa League so that’s a possibility.
However, if it’s a case of a permanent move or nothing then it could keep Holtby at the club.
Spurs are unlikely to sell Holtby for a fee similar to what they paid for him, £1.5 million, and considering Hamburg’s financial problems, it could rule them out of any deal to buy him outright.
VdV would be happy to see Holtby in Germany but it’s doubtful whether anything other than a loan move will happen.