West Ham battle Tottenham and Stoke for Real Madrid star Van Nistelrooy

21 January 2010 03:23
In demand: Ruud Van Nistelrooy

West Ham United have joined the race to sign Ruud van Nistelrooy from Real Madrid.

Sportsmail first revealed that Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is keen to add the Holland striker once a buyer is found for Roman Pavlyuchenko.

And Stoke City have also made a bid - believed to be about £2million - for the former Manchester United star.

Van Nistelrooy and his agent Rodger Linse held talks with Madrid officials on Wednesday. The Spanish giants will not stand in the 33-year-old's way if he can find an acceptable off.

Van Nistelrooy is keen to play regular football in the run-up to the World Cup, but he will almost certainly have to take a pay cut on his current £100,000 a week wages.

Spurs interest in the summer foundered over his salary and concerns about a long-running knee injury.

The one-time PSV Eindhoven hot-shot's contract runs out at the end of the season and Madrid will consider either loan or permanent offers.

West Ham hope to sign two strikers and made inquiries after David Sullivan and David Gold completed their takeover of the relegation-threatened club.

Van Nistelrooy has already rejected the possibility of going to Galatasaray.

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Source: Daily_Mail