Wednesday Ticker: Van Der Vaart joins Tottenham, Rio returns to action and more

Wednesday Ticker: Van Der Vaart joins Tottenham, Rio returns to action and more

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Wednesday Ticker: Van Der Vaart joins Tottenham, Rio returns to action and more

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Rafael Van Der Vaart (ISIphotos.com) 

Tottenham pulled off arguably the best transfer deadline deal on Tuesday, landing Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart in a $12 million move from Real Madrid. The club announced the completion of the move on Wednesday.

Van Der Vaart gives Spurs a midfield boost as the club prepares to play in the UEFA Champions League. His creativity and goal-scoring ability from midfield should give Tottenham the firepower it will need to compete on two fronts.

Here are some other stories from Wednesday to get your day going:

FERDINAND TO RETURN TONIGHT

Rio Ferdinand has not played since a pre-World Cup knee injury forced him to miss this summer's World Cup, but the Manchester United defender will return to the field for the first time since that setback in a reserve team match against Oldham.

Ferdinand's return can't come soon enough for the Red Devils, who have watched Johnny Evans struggle in his place. If Ferdinand doesn't have any setbacks, he could be available to play in Manchester United's match against Everton on Sept. 11th.

BALLACK TO REMAIN GERMAN CAPTAIN

Michael Ballack will still be German national team captain, but he has to fight for a place on the squad before reclaiming the armband.

Germany manager Joachim Loew revealed on Tuesday that Ballack would return to his role as captain after being replaced during the World Cup by Phillip Lahm when Ballack was forced to miss the tournament due to an injury.

First, Ballack must battle for playing time in a midfield that features younger and more in-form options in Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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UEFA has banned vuvuzelas from Euro qualifiers.

Stoke City landed Eidur Gudjohnsen before the deadline.

Everton defender Joseph Yobo is joining Fenerbahce on loan.

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What do you think of these developments? Think Van Der Vaart can help Tottenham advance past the group stage in the Champions League? Surprised to see Ferdinand back in action so soon? See Ballack ever having a major role with Germany again?

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