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Premier League return for Van der Vaart? His old manager Redknapp hopes so


31-year-old Dutch winger Rafael Van der Vaart spent two years in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, and now QPR boss Harry Redknapp is hoping to bring him back.

Redknapp confirmed to English outlet that he is looking to add Van der Vaart to his defense for Rangers’ first season back in the top flight.

“I like Rafa. He’s a great footballer and good professional,” Redknapp said. “He’s a goalscorer and will get you 10 or 12 a year in that position. He’s an interesting player for sure, he’s class. We’ve made some enquiries for a few players but we’ve got to wait to see what comes up.”

Redknapp was the Spurs manager when the club bought van der Vaart in 2010 from Real Madrid, where the Dutchman spent just one season.

Van der Vaart was then sold to German club Hamburg just over a month after Redknapp left Spurs in 2012, reportedly earning the London side a $4 million profit in the process.

He was part of a Hamburg team that narrowly avoided its first-ever relegation from the Bundesliga this season, earning its stay thanks to an away goals advantage on a playoff.

Redknapp also told the site he is hoping to pursue Dynamo Kiev winger Niko Kranjcar on a permanent basis after the Croatian helped QPR earn promotion on loan last year.

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