Which five Van Gaal favourites could Dutch coach bring in at Spurs?

Several Dutch internationals feature, as do two high profile players from Van Gaal's time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

As rumours swirl that Louis van Gaal is being lined up to replace Tim Sherwood at Spurs this summer, it is not impossible that the Dutchman may seek to request the acquisition of one or two key men that he is familiar with at the club, not only to ensure there is a sprinkling of his own players, but also to provide an undoubted increase in quality in North London.

Each of these five players below have a connection to the Dutch manager, and to varying degrees, are available for transfer.

Mario Gomez

Gomez was Van Gaal's star signing on his arrival at Bayern Munich in 2009, moving for a fee upwards of €30 million. The German would go on to prove a goal machine for the Bundesliga giants despite a slow start in Munich, in his and Van Gaal's second season he would score a huge 39 goals. Gomez's move to Serie A last summer hasn't come off quite as well as he would have hoped, with Fiorentina looking at 4th position, and Europa League football next year, at best. And with only 4 goals in 15 appearances in a injury riddled campaign, Gomez may seek pastures new. 

Rafael Van Der Vaart

The former Spurs favourite has enjoyed a frustrating season at Hamburg, with the club flirting with relegation and a long long way off the 7th position they finished last season. Van Gaal gave the playmaker his international debut in his first spell as Netherlands coach in 2001, and he has remained a vital cog in Van Gaal's second spell as national manager. Van Der Vaart has already shown a willingness to head back to former clubs where he enjoyed some success, and a return to White Hart Lane may not be out of the question.

Wesley Sneijder

The best Dutch midfielder of his generation, Sneijder may decide to head back to one of the higher profile European leagues after spending one and a half seasons in Turkey with Galatasray. The former Inter Milan star has had a decent year too, scoring as many goals as he has since his days at Ajax. He'll be 30 by the summer, but is still a world class player and may see Van Gaal's arrival at Spurs as a perfect reason to move.

Bruno Martins Indi

With left-back remaining a position in dire need of reinforcement at Tottenham, Martins Indi could be the next recruit to arrive from the Eredivisie. A powerful player who can also operate as a centre back, at just 22 Martins Indi would be a decent acquisition from Feyenoord, and has been a mainstay of the Dutch defence since his debut under Van Gaal in 2012. Daley Blind, son of Ajax legend Danny, could also be an option, given his ability to play at left back and the fact that his father is Van Gaal's assistant for the national team.

Victor Valdes

Made his debut for Barcelona in 2002 under Van Gaal, and with Hugo Lloris being hunted by French giants PSG and Monaco, could an unlikely move to White Hart Lane be on the cards for the Barca legend? With Valdes out injured until a month or two into the season, perhaps a one year contract would be an option for the Spanish international. A long shot, but stranger things have happened in the transfer market.

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