Sneijder 'agrees deal' with Tottenham - report
Tottenham fans have been given an unexpected Christmas present in their stocking this morning with speculation mounting that Wesley Sneijder is White Hart Lane bound in the new year.
Respected Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri took to Twitter this morning to claim that the Dutch midfield maestro has agreed personal terms with the North London club.
The 28-year-old has been ostracised at Inter Milan in recent months after refusing to take a pay cut at the Giuseppe Meazza as the club looks to cut costs after their failure to reach this season's Champions League.
Sneidjer's wife hinted that a January move was in the offing last week when she inadvertently revealed that the Sneijder household was prepared to "emigrate" after three years in Italy.
And, according to Palmeri, a move to London could now beckon with the journalist claiming that only an agreement between the two clubs is preventing Sneijder from swapping Serie A for the Premier League.
Inter are believed to be seeking a fee in the region of £12million for the brilliant playmaker, who was an integral part of the Inter side that sweeped to an unprecedented treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010.
Sneijder has been heavily linked with both Manchester City and Manchester United in recent seasons, but now looks set to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Rafael van der Vaart and head to White Hart Lane.
Van der Vaart, now with German Bundesliga side Hamburg, admitted in the summer that his countryman often asked about English football. "Of course he would like to play in England, it's the biggest league in the world," Van der Vaart said of Sneijder.
"He is a good friend of mine and we have contact almost every day. He knows what to expect in the Premier League."
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas had claimed last week that he did not envisage any new faces at the club in January, but with a pressing need for a creative influence in the centre of the pitch - as was illustrated in the o-0 with Stoke at the weekend - it seems that is not the case.
Having missed out on Portuguese compatriot, Joao Mountinho, in the summer, it appears, if the reports are to be believed, that he will finally end his search with Sneijder seemingly his No1 target.