Spurs snubbed with late Ruud swoop

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp reportedly made a last-gasp swoop for Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy before the summer transfer window slammed shut.

The White Hart Lane supremo completed a deal to bring Portsmouth playmaker Niko Kranjcar to North London on the final day of transfer dealings before January, with speculation linking the club with Martin Petrov, Matthew Upson and Anton Ferdinand all failing to bear fruit.

And, according to the Daily Mail, Spurs also made a late attempt to bring former Manchester United striker Van Nistelrooy to the English capital.

Tottenham were linked with the veteran Dutchman earlier this summer, with Redknapp believed to be put-off by the striker's lack of fitness, with the front-man having been sidelined since late 2008 after undergoing knee surgery.

However, he finally made his long-awaited return to action for Real in a pre-season friendly against Rosenborg.NEWS: Ruud returns after long lay-offNEWS: Redknapp closes in on Van Nistelrooy dealNEWS: Blackburn eye Ruud swoop