transfer talk

Redknapp confirms interest in signing Van Nistelrooy

January 19, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed he is looking into the possibility of signing Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Ruud van Nistelrooy
GettyImagesRuud van Nistelrooy in action against Alcorcon

The Dutch striker has barely played in the last two years after suffering injury problems, though did score on his only La Liga appearance for Real Madrid this season when coming on as a 78th minute substitute in a 5-0 win at Xerez in September.

Injuries must be a real concern for Redknapp, however, as the 33-year-old has been in Real's matchday squad only six times all season.

But the former Manchester United star's goalscoring ability cannot be in any doubt. Last season he managed just ten appearances for the Spanish giants, but still scored seven goals.

It is thought Real are prepared to let Van Nistelrooy leave on a free transfer, and he has also been linked with Olympiakos and Stoke City.

Talking of the Van Nistelrooy link, Redknapp said: "It's interesting but it depends what the deal is. The chairman (Daniel Levy) would deal with that side, but he's an interesting player.

"He was fantastic in England (with Manchester United), a great goal scorer. If he was available it could be of interest."

One player who looks to be on his way out is Russia international Roman Pavlyuchenko, who has played only 16 minutes of football since October 31 and not once appeared in a Premier League game in that time.

Redknapp added: "Pavlyuchenko is looking to move, but only if someone came in and if he decided to go, and it was a good offer. Otherwise it wouldn't be possible.

"We couldn't have five strikers. It's difficult enough with four. I find it hard leaving one out of picture. I'm certainly not looking for five strikers."