Harry Redknapp has revealed in The London Evening Standard that he almost signed Santi Cazorla two years before he joined Arsenal.
Spain international midfielder Cazorla moved to Arsenal from Spanish outfit Malaga in the summer of 2012.
Former Tottenham manager Redknapp has revealed that he wanted to sign the 30-year-old in 2010, and that the former Villarreal star himself wanted to join Spurs.
“Santi Cazorla was very nearly a Tottenham player well before he joined Arsenal in 2012,” Redknapp wrote in The London Evening Standard.
“He was fantastic against us for Villarreal in a pre-season friendly in July 2010. I went up to Everton to watch him play again a week later and then we spoke to Villarreal.
“Santi wanted to come. He was happy to join Spurs but there was a breakdown in talks over the fee. The deal was almost done but it got lost somewhere in the negotiations between Tottenham and Villarreal.
“It was a transfer that could and should have been done. He ended up being another one who got away.”
It is an interesting revelation from Redknapp, and perhaps many Tottenham fans will regret the club’s failure to secure the services of Cazorla when they had the chance to.
Cazorla is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League and arguably one of the most underrated players in entire Europe.
The 30-year-old has created 27 chances in seven Premier League appearances so far this season.
During the 2014-15 campaign, the Spaniard scored seven goals and created 78 chances in 37 league matches, while in 2013-14 he found the target four times and created 66 chances in 31 Premier League games.