Former Tottenham boss said he nearly signed Arsenal legend.
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira held a meeting over a potential move to Tottenham, Harry Redknapp has claimed.
Remarkably this was not one of those 'we almost signed him first' stories, but Redknapp says Vieira almost for Spurs even after his spell at Arsenal.
The current QPR manager made the claims in his new book, A Man Walks On To A Pitch, serialised by The Mail.
He writes: "I met him at his house in Hampstead and he had no fear about what people would think or what reception he would get. He had enough confidence in his ability to just brush it away.
"I remember talking to Daniel Levy, our chairman, about him. He said the crowd would be hostile. I knew that — but if he had enough bottle to want to put on our white shirt after all that had gone before, I thought it said something about the man.
"In the end, his circumstances changed and he decided to stay in Italy.
Redknapp may have received the brush off from Vieira ultimately, but he feels it was not the player's decision, and he would have been up for a move to Spurs even after almost a decade at Arsenal.
A large portion of the Spurs crowd simply would never have accepted him, while others may have seen it as a coup, after years of taunting from Gooners over the Sol Campbell saga.
It's probably best all round, and certainly for Vieira's Arsenal legacy, that whichever the circumstances were, he landed up not making the switch.