Lord Sugar ruined dream transfer from Sunderland to Tottenham, says disappointed Michael Bridges

Leeds United were the big winners from Michael Bridges' revelation regarding his Sunderland departure.

Former footballers are just as accessible as current ones on Twitter, but the difference is they are more likely to freely be able to tell fans the unvarnished truth.

Ex-Premier League star Michael Bridges was quizzed by a Tottenham Hotspur fan last night if he ever got close to signing for the club, having previously admitted he was a supporter of the club himself.

Bridges responded by revealing he came close in 1999, when he was made available by Sunderland, and a deal would have been done had chairman Alan Sugar, now known as Lord Sugar, not pulled the plug on the deal.

The 36-year-old made it clear he was not a fan of the Apprentice television star.

Bridges was a young forward at the time, who had just 16 professional goals to his name for Sunderland, and Lord Sugar was not convinced.

Leeds United's gain

The striker did manage to land a big move, signing for ambitious Premier League challengers Leeds United, who had finished the previous season in fourth place, as opposed to Tottenham's 11th.

For a short period Bridges would have made Sugar feel very regretful, as he began his time at the club in prolific fashion, netting a hat-trick in just his second game for the club.

After helping the club in their UEFA Cup run, Bridges suffered a serious injury and was never the same player.

Spells followed with Newcastle, Bolton, a return to Sunderland, and down the lower leagues, before moving to play in the Australian A-League. 

He retired from the Newcastle Jets last year but came out of retirement earlier this year, but can often be seen as a pundit on Australian football television broadcasts.

It's impossible to say whether he would have fared better from an injury perspective at Spurs; but his early form for Leeds indicated the Premier League was robbed of a terrific talent due to his fitness struggles. Thanks to Lord Sugar, Tottenham never got the chance to find out how good he could have been. 

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