Harry Redknapp explains 'bust-up' when Tottenham came in for Slaven Bilic

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Tottenham Hotspur tried to sign Slaven Bilic when he was at West Ham United, according to their former manager.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has been speaking to the London Evening Standard about the time Spurs tried to bring Slaven Bilic to White Hart Lane.

The former Croatian international recently took charge at West Ham United and had things gone a little differently he could have spent some of his playing days at Tottenham.

Redknapp was in charge at West Ham when Tottenham are said to have come in for the player, but the Hammers managed to keep hold of him for a little longer, until a big-money move to Everton followed.

Recalling the time, Redknapp told the Standard, “After a year (at West Ham) Tottenham came in. He had a get out at £3m, but it said we had to want to sell as well.

“So we had a bust-up over it for a while. He ended up signing a new deal and then Everton came in with a £4.5million offer.”

Bilic then headed to Goodison Park where he stayed for three years, but with a few different turns in the road Tottenham could have benefited from the classy centre-back rather than coming up against him on occasions.

Bilic is now tasked with helping West Ham up the Premier League table and ultimately back to challenging for silverware again, but it is interesting to think that he could have been turning out in the heart of Tottenham’s defence back in the nineties.

He may have swiftly become a fan favourite in North London but instead it was Everton where he finished his career in England.

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