Redknapp: Tottenham scouts told me Luis Suarez wasn't a 'proper' striker

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Harry Redknapp has told how he tried, and failed, to beat Liverpool to signing Luis Suarez - Due to his own hesitation.

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has blamed his old scouts at Tottenham for talking him out of signing Luis Suarez.

Currently manager of QPR, Redknapp made the claims in his new book, A Man Walks On To A Pitch, serialised by The Mail.

"One of the biggest regrets of my life in management is not taking Luis Suarez to Tottenham when we had the chance.

"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."

Suarez does have the ability to drift wide and come inside, but his goalscoring record at Ajax should have told Redknapp and Spurs all they needed to know.

In the 2009/10 season he netted an incredible 49 goals in 48 games for the club in all competitions, so even given his unorthodox style, if Spurs were looking for somebody to put the ball in the net - he was the man for the job.

Perhaps to compound matters, the next striker Tottenham signed after Suarez's Liverpool move was Emmanuel Adebayor on loan, prior to his permanent switch.

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