Harry Redknapp explains why Tottenham Hotspur didn't sign Andy Carroll in 2011

Spurs could have snapped up the English striker back in 2011.

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll recently scored a fantastic hat-trick against Arsenal in the Premier League to once again remind his doubters just what an impressive player he can be.

The England international has struggled with injuries since joining West Ham but there is no doubt that on his day he can be a world-beater.

It is because of this that Liverpool spent so much money to bring in the player from Newcastle United and why, when he was on the way out at St James Park, Tottenham Hotspur were keen on his signature.

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp confirmed in his London Evening Standard blog this week that he considered bringing Carroll to Spurs back in 2011 – but the price-tag proved too much for Redknapp:

"When I was at Tottenham, we considered signing Carroll. It never amounted to anything serious, but we talked about him during his days at Newcastle. He ended up going to Liverpool for £35million and we felt the gamble was too big at that time.

"Those big price tags have weighed heavy on his shoulders but, hopefully, he can finally become the top striker he has always threatened to be. Putting a dent in Leicester’s title bid is the next step."

Spurs ended up signing Emmanuel Adebayor on loan six months after Carroll headed to Anfield and considering the impact he had at White Hart Lane and Carroll’s injury record it would be hard to suggest who has been better.

Spurs now have Harry Kane leading the line as their own Carroll figure, but there is no doubt the big striker could have done a job for Spurs if he had made the move.

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