Harry Redknapp suggests main reason Tottenham missed out on Eden Hazard

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Tottenham were close to signing Chelsea star Eden Hazard in 2012.

Speaking to the Standard, former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that money was the issue that prevented Tottenham signing Eden Hazard from Lille in 2012.

Redknapp said: “He was keen to move to London and Tottenham was a good fit for him but once you get that far, you then rely on other people to finish it off. In this case, it didn’t happen. Money was probably the issue and Tottenham could reach an agreement with him for a while. Later on, he went to Chelsea.”

Hazard ended up moving to European Champions Chelsea at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, and his rise to prominence has been exceptional.

He was well regarded as a star in Ligue 1, but he took to English football exceptionally quickly, and was named Premier League player of the season last year.

However, if Redknapp had his way, he would have been turning out with the Lilywhites in stead.

The ex-boss claims he was scouting the then Lille winger for months in 2012, and had held talks with him concerning a switch to White Hart Lane.

He admits that a deal was close to being completed, but the ‘other people’ who should have finalised the transfer could not oversee the completion. Whether that is Daniel Levy or not is not clarified, but Redknapp is certainly aiming a swipe at his former employers.

Whether or not Hazard would have taken Spurs to the next level can never be known now, but the recent years of the Premier League would have been completely change if he had moved to North London instead of the West side of the city.

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