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The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Tom Petty once said that “the waiting is the hardest part.” But in this case perhaps it should be “the waiting is the hardest Vaart.” As in Rafael van der Vaart of Real Madrid.

The Dutch midfielder has been on the La Liga powerhouse’s short list of potential transfer bait players for a few years now since his squad brought in the new era of los Galiticos and dealt away all of his Dutch national team buddies. But van der Vaart has always been the pleasant team player type of footballer that has stressed his desire to remain with Los Blancos and earn first team honors once again.

But in the modern day having a pleasant, team-oriented attitude isn’t always enough and the Dutch midfielder does make a pretty penny. So it appears that the time has come for van der Vaart to make his long anticipated trip to England.

Or uh….. maybe?

Van der Vaart may have and may not have been sold today to the Tottenham Hotspurs and the player will likely know his future sometime tomorrow after all the transfer deadline dust clears the air. Van der Vaart’s transfer paperwork was completed by the English Champions League side right at the deadline and his potential new side is awaiting the confirmation from the Premier League to whether or not they acquired the Dutch star in time before the window officially closed.

His possible new manager Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports News this regarding the bizarre potential transfer deal:

It’s still dragging on. We have been trying to do something. We are just waiting for some clearance. I think he was going to Bayern Munich yesterday for £18 million. He is available now for about £8 million and we thought for that amount of money he is a top player. I’m hopeful, it could happen, honestly I wouldn’t like to say one way or the other. It was a last-minute job. It’s round about £8 million.

And van der Vaart would be joining an English team for the first time after previously playing for German side Hamburg and Dutch side Ajax.