Sporting Kansas City in talks to sign Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart could be on his way to Major League Soccer as Sporting Kansas City are in talks to sign the Dutch international playmaker, according to German media outlet Bild.

The 32-year-old midfield ace is currently with German side Hamburger SV but his contract is set to expire in the summer, with Van der Vaart unlikely to sign an extension.

That has led to a number of clubs turning their attentions to the Dutchman and Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman tweeted that he was set to watch the former Spurs and Real Madrid star on Saturday.

Van der Vaart only saw 11 minutes of action at the weekend as he started his second consecutive game on the bench for the Bundesliga club that are just fourth from the bottom.

Hamburg are in the middle of a relegation fight but the fact that ‘VDV’ is sitting on the bench suggests his time with the club is all but over.

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He has made 16 league appearances this season, scoring four goals, but has only played a full 90 minutes on three occasions and his fitness as well as age will be a concern for any suitors.

A move to MLS would give Van der Vaart the chance for a new challenge and any deal would surely see him signed as a Designated Player, especially with Ajax and clubs from Italy and Spain also interested.

The report in Bild suggests that Van der Vaart could be signed before the MLS transfer window closes on April 15, but he would have to be released from his contract early for that to happen.

Even if the 109-times capped Dutch star moves to Sporting Kansas City in the summer, he could provide a key midseason spark and would bring an abundance of creativity to the two-time MLS Cup champions’ attack.

Would Rafael van der Vaart be a good signing for Sporting Kansas City?

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