Harry Redknapp dropped a bombshell when talking on Talksport's Drivetime show today, with the former Tottenham manager claiming that the White Hart Lane club had agreed deals with Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois before they headed to Stamford Bridge, only for the transfers to falter at a late stage.
As unlikely as it sounds today, with Courtois and Hazard two of the top players in their position in the world at crosstown rivals Chelsea, Redknapp's startling comments came about as he discussed how close he thought Spurs were to challenging for the title.
"I was with Hazard in Paris, four hours I spent with him. He wanted to come to Tottenham, but the deal dragged on and didn't happen," he revealed on Talksport.
"The goalkeeper, Courtois, we had him for next to nothing when he was 17 and that was another deal that dragged on forever and we didn't get it over the line. He should have been at Tottenham.
When questioned on why the deals didn't go ahead Redknapp added: "It was difficult, you're talking about spending big money. The Hazard deal, it dragged on too long, it was a deal that should have been done. It's not always easy to get deals done, you rely on other people to get the deals done for you."
Chelsea's star winger Hazard arrived from Lille in 2012 for around £32 million, but though his destination was long thought of to be England, he only revealed late on that he chose the Stamford Bridge outfit over Manchester City. Spurs were mentioned as an interested party earlier on in his move away from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, but Redknapp's claims may be a surprise to Tottenham and Chelsea fans ahead of their meeting in the League Cup Final at the start of March.
Tottenham's interest in Courtois is a even more of a shock, though the Belgian number one would have surely turned the heads of most clubs in Europe with his performances in Genk's title winning season in 2010-11, his breakthrough year.
Arguably Atletico Madrid can be proud of their contribution in turning the 22-year-old into one of the world's best goalkeepers, after he spent three consecutive campaign on loan at the La Liga club before finally turning out for Chelsea this season.
Spurs have another of the top stoppers in the game in Hugo Lloris, but there can't be many that don't wish Daniel Levy and co didn't manage to tie up at least one of the deals Redknapp mentioned to Talksport. Chelsea supporters on the other hand, will be grateful they were the benefactors from Tottenham's inability to secure such promising players.