Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that he regrets not trying to sign Luis Suarez before his move to Liverpool.
Redknapp has admitted that he should have tried to sign the Uruguayan ace before his £22.8 million move to Anfield in January, but the striker’s price tag and similarities to Rafael van der Vaart put him off.
“We looked at Suarez. He was a player who we probably should have taken, looking back on it. We just weren’t sure. We thought he played like Van der Vaart, but he can play anywhere.”
Redknapp also revealed he considered bids for both Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, but admitted that the club couldn’t rival Liverpool’s spending power.
“We thought about Carroll. We looked at him but we weren’t into spending £35m on one player. It was a bit beyond us. He is a handful. He is a great header of the ball. When you go up against him you know you have had a game, that’s for sure.
“I like Downing. I tried to get him and Ashley Young (now at Manchester United). We didn’t quite push the boat out but they are good players.”
Spurs welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane on Sunday, and having rested several key players in mid-week for their Europa League clash against PAOK, Redknapp is expected to recall several stars.
Redknapp also believes that it will be an important game for his side, as he envisages that the two clubs will be battling for a top four finish come the end of the season.
“It will be them, us and Arsenal scrapping for the Champions League this year.”