German tycoon urges fans to fund Rafael van der Vaart move | inside World Soccer

German billionaire Klaus-Michael Kühne has called on Hamburg fans to part-fund the potential deal of former club hero Rafael van der Vaart.

Rafael van der Vaart has been widely linked with a return to the Bundesliga
Rafael van der Vaart has been widely linked with a return to the Bundesliga

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Tottenham Hotspur are open to offers for the Dutchman, who does not appear to fit into the plans of the new manager André Villas-Boas and he has been heavily linked with a move to Germany.

Hamburg, though, are unable to meet either Tottenham's asking price or the player's wage demands.

But Kühne, a Hamburg-born businessman who is the majority owner of international transport company Kuhne + Nagel, believes that a Hamburg return could be a possibility for the player.

"I do not want to take over for the most part. But whether I would participate or not is another issue," he told German newspaper Bild.

"I would have suggested if 60,000 members could come together and spend an average of €100, it would be a considerable sum.

"If you can mobilise only half of that, it would be a great thing."

Van der Vaart played for Hamburg between 2005 and 2008, scoring 29 goals in 74 appearances before joining Real Madrid.

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