Tottenham and Arsenal are poised to go to war in a bid to sign classy Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart.
The north London sides are keen on the Dutchman and are both believed to be weighing up a move for the 26-year-old before the transfer window closes today.
Waiting in the wings are Liverpool, who are admirers of Van der Vaart, though the financial situation means that they may only be able to offer the player a loan deal.
Such a scenario is unlikely to suit Real Madrid, who are keen to claw back some of the money that they have spent this summer on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Kaka.
With Tottenham’s Luka Modric out for six weeks after breaking his leg in the weekend 2-1 win over Birmingham, White Hart Lane boss Harry Redknapp is keen to strengthen his squad.
Van der Vaart certainly has the ability and invention that Modric provides which makes a move for the Holland international a tempting proposition for Redknapp, whose side have made a superb start to the season taking 12 points from 12.
Arsenal are also keen on Van der Vaart’s passing qualities.
He would fit into their system and provide much needed experience for a team that once again showed their naivety in losing to Manchester United on Saturday night.
Already this summer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben have left Real Madrid and now Van der Vaart is set to become the next Dutchman to depart the Bernabeu.