Report: Tottenham cult hero linked with transfer to Serie A giants

Rafael van der Vaart could be set to leave Hamburg for Serie A.

The 32-year-old midfielder has enjoyed an illustrious career in Europe, playing for Ajax, Hamburg, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.

Although successful at a number of his clubs, he failed to win a trophy during his two-year stay in North London, but is considered a cult hero at White Hart Lane for his role in their Champions League team under Harry Redknapp.

He netted 28 goals in 78 games for Spurs, leaving the club in the summer of 2012 after a host of new midfield signings pushed him down the pecking order.

Now in the latter stages of his career, van der Vaart currently turns out for Bundesliga outfit Hamburg, while also still playing a part in the Netherlands international team - although he missed the World Cup through injury. A veteran of 109 caps, the midfielder has shown that he can still play at the top level of the game, and one Serie A team are reportedly keen on signing him.

Having been in talks with MLS club Sporting KC, as per, earlier this week concerning a potential transfer, it appears as if van der Vaart will be leaving Hamburg in the summer, and AS Roma have highlighted the Dutchman as a transfer target. According to Calciomercato, he is out of contract at the end of the season and Roma believe he may favour a move to Italy to enjoy a more competitive level of football than that shown in the US.

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