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

21 January 2010 03:23
In demand: Ruud Van Nistelrooy[LNB]West Ham United have joined the race to sign Ruud van Nistelrooy from Real Madrid.[LNB]Sportsmail first revealed that Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is keen to add the Holland striker once a buyer is found for Roman Pavlyuchenko.[LNB]And Stoke City have also made a bid - believed to be about £2million - for the former Manchester United star.[LNB]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.[LNB]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.[LNB]Spurs interest in the summer foundered over his salary and concerns about a long-running knee injury.[LNB]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.[LNB]West Ham hope to sign two strikers and made inquiries after David Sullivan and David Gold completed their takeover of the relegation-threatened club.[LNB]Van Nistelrooy has already rejected the possibility of going to Galatasaray.[LNB] Limited opportunities: Van Nistelrooy lines up for Madrid against AC Milan[LNB] West Ham boss Zola promised two strikers by Sullivan and GoldVan Nistelrooy in, Pavlyuchenko out! Spurs in talks to sign Real strikerStoke set to revive James deal as Portsmouth re-open talks over keeperWEST HAM UNITED FC

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