Reading open Van der Vaart talks?

English second-tier club Reading have reportedly opened "informal discussions" with Real Betis midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.

According to getreading, Reading are "exploring a sensational move" for Van der Vaart, who has been told that he can leave Betis this summer.

The initial signs also seem promising as the regional publication claims the 33-year-old has not ruled out the Madejski Stadium as a possible destination.

However, Van der Vaart's wages pose a significant stumbling block, so a pay cut would need to be negotiated.

The former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur star was a teammate of Reading boss Jaap Stam in Netherlands' Euro 2004 squad as the Oranje reached the semi-finals.

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