Spurs could have landed world class duo.
Tottenham Hotspur could have signed both Luis Suarez and Patrick Vieira a few years ago, according to their former manager Harry Redknapp in his new book A Man Walks On To a Pitch.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Redknapp writes that he was interested in Suarez while he was still at Ajax, and also came close to bringing Vieira to White Hart Lane while he was with Inter Milan.
“One of the biggest regrets of my life in management is not taking Luis Suarez to Tottenham when we had the chance,” he said.
“You’ve got to take him, Harry,’ Ruud Gullit told me. ‘He’s fantastic.’
“Yet all of our scouts’ reports said that at Ajax he played wide off a striker, whereas we were looking for a proper front man.
“Just when I was on the verge of taking the plunge, the price went up. In the end he was sold for £22.8million to Liverpool. We wouldn’t have paid that.”
On Vieira, he added: “Patrick Vieira was a different type of midfield player and one every club would like to take now. He almost came to me at Tottenham from Inter Milan.
“I thought it was an incredible decision by him, after he’d been such a hero at Arsenal.
“In the end, his circumstances changed and he decided to stay in Italy. By the time he did become available — the following January — our needs had changed and Manchester City snapped him up.”