The former Tottenham midfielder has been linked with a surprise move to the Royals.
Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring for Tottenham
Reading supporters have been reacting to reports that the club are interested in signing Netherlands and Spurs favourite Rafael van der Vaart this summer on Twitter, a deal reported by getreading.
The 33-year-old has been at Real Betis for the past year, and though the Spanish outfit are set to be managed by another former Tottenham man, Gus Poyet, it is likely Van der Vaart will be moved on ahead of the new season.
The Dutchman made just nine appearances last season after moving from Hamburg, and the getreading article suggests that he has already had talks with the Royals as the Championship side prepare for their first campaign under new manager Jaap Stam.
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Ex-Manchester United star Stam played alongside Van der Vaart in the midfielders early years with the Netherlands side, and will be hoping he can convince his compatriot to consider a return to England.
Van der Vaart spent a little over two years at White Hart Lane, scoring 28 goals in 78 matches in what was a hugely exciting Tottenham side.
Reading supporters, having seen their club disappoint in finishing the previous season down in 17th spot, were excited by the prospect of a superstar arriving at the Madejski Stadium:
Oii van der vaart go on reading— barnes (@JoshBarnes1996) July 25, 2016
Told my dad about the Van der vaart rumour and he is texting me a series of reasonable questions. I keep replying IT’S RAFAEL VAN DER VAART.— Jon hyde (@JonHyde1871) July 25, 2016
@rfcrourke hahaha oh my God, I remember him! At 33, Van Der Vaart definitely has a few years left in him— Josh Challies (@Challies11) July 25, 2016
I think i'd get a semi if #readingfc sign Van Der Vaart— Andrew Chappell (@andychappell1) July 25, 2016
What has the world come to when Van der Vaart ISN'T a good idea? Do we not want to be entertained? Or the youth not to learn? #readingfc— mostlybobbins (@mostlybobbins) July 25, 2016
Van Der Vaart and Jaap Stam are mates, that's the only reason he's even thinking about coming here— Will (@Quinniesta) July 25, 2016
Love the fact that Van der Vaart could soon be on the same team as Deniss Rakels :)— Christopher Lash (@rightbankwarsaw) July 25, 2016
van der vaart? Not gonna happen....absolutely no chance of him coming, my turn....if he does then I'll do something for charity #Readingfc— Daniel Snow (@ReaDan92) July 25, 2016
Van Der Vaart is the next Royston Drenthe.— + Shane (@shanereid_) July 25, 2016
//May be inactive at the excitement of potentially signing Rafael Van Der Vaart. Sorry not sorry— Arizona Robbins (@AZRobbinsPaeds) July 25, 2016
Jaap Stam deserves a knighthood if he manages to sign Van der Vaart— Laurence Tamlyn (@laurencet1996) July 25, 2016