It’s rare to see a new name linked with a move to Spurs these days, but the rumours this week have a certain Dutch flavour to them. While Spurs may have been connected with Arjen Robben in the past, his name hadn’t cropped up for a while until the weekend, when several stories appeared.
The suggestion was that Rafael van der Vaart may have some influence over his countryman but as soon as the rumours appeared, it seemed that Bayern Munich were quick to deny them.
Elsewhere, the name of Ibrahim Afellay has emerged as a potential target after Barcelona tied up the signing of Chilean Alexis Sanchez. Afellay is 25 and has 36 Dutch caps to his name so far. After already struggling to command a place in the Barca first team, the arrival of Sanchez could make that quest virtually impossible.
The prospect of some Dutch influenced ‘total football’ is a tempting one and could be topped off by adding Huntelaar into the mix up front. While it’s probably no more than just a pipe dream, any one of those three players should be able to make a significant mark at White Hart Lane.