Tottenham Hotspur XI from players Harry Redknapp said he tried to sign

LA Galaxy's David Beckham during Tottenham training.

From Hazard to Suarez the former Spurs boss tried to bring in some big talent, with no success, during his time at White Hart Lane.

This week has seen former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp once again reiterate how close he came to signing both Eden Hazard and Luis Suarez for Spurs during his time as White Hart Lane supremo.

However, football fans will know that Redknapp has often claimed to have been close to signing several players for Spurs.

So what would an XI look like of players Redknapp says he tried to sign for Tottenham Hotspur?

Probably, something like this…

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard has a shot saved by Chelsea's Thibaut CourtoisManchester United's Jesse Lingard has a shot saved by Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois

Goalkeeper

Thibaut Courtois

Redknapp told talkSPORT back in February 2015 that he should have concluded a deal for Courtois when he was 17-years-old and playing for Genk in his Belgian homeland.

He stated:

"We had him for next to nothing when he was 17 and that was another deal that dragged on forever and we didn't get it over the line. He should have been at Tottenham!"

In the end he joined Chelsea. Want a Chelsea double, then his back-up ‘keeper could be Asmir Begovic who he famously tried to sign from bankrupt Portsmouth in 2010 only for the Bosnian to decide on Stoke City at the last minute - as reported by the Mirror.

QPR's Rio Ferdinand with manager Harry Redknapp during the press conferenceQPR's Rio Ferdinand with manager Harry Redknapp during the press conference

Centre backs

Rio Ferdinand

Redknapp confirmed he wanted the veteran defender back in 2011. He told the Guardian he ‘was interested’ in Rio and ‘tried to sign him’ at the beginning of the 2010-11 season after a string of injury problems at Manchester United.

Chelsea's Gary CahillChelsea's Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill

An England international pairing at centre-back?

Redknapp confirmed Tottenham had tried to sign the player from Bolton Wanderers on deadline day in August 2011, with the Guardian quoting him as saying:

"We'd been trying to make one big one [happen] by taking Gary Cahill but we couldn't get there in the end,"

Cahill went on to join Chelsea in 2012 and has gone on to become an England regular.

Ashley Young celebrates after scoring Manchester United's second goal with team mate Phil Jones (L)Ashley Young celebrates after scoring Manchester United's second goal with team mate Phil Jones (L)

Right-back and Left-back

Phil Jones and Ashley Young

The Manchester United utility men were both wanted by Spurs back in 2011. He was quoted by Metro as claiming he wanted to bring the pair from Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa respectively that summer but that once United came calling Spurs could ‘not get a look-in’.

Arsenal's Santi CazorlaArsenal's Santi Cazorla

Central-midfield

Santi Cazorla

Redknapp admitted to The Sun in May 2015 that he tried to sign the Arsenal midfielder numerous times whilst Spurs boss – presumably during the Spaniard’s time at Villarreal or Malaga.

Patrick VieiraPatrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira

Redknapp spoke candidly about nearly signing the Arsenal legend for Tottenham back in 2009 in his book A Man Walks On To a Pitch, as serialised by the Daily Mail:

"Patrick Vieira was a different type of midfield player and one every club would like to take now. He almost came to me at Tottenham from Inter Milan.

"I thought it was an incredible decision by him, after he’d been such a hero at Arsenal.

LA Galaxy's David Beckham during Tottenham training.LA Galaxy's David Beckham during Tottenham training.

Right-midfield

David Beckham

Golden Balls could have stepped out at White Hart Lane for Spurs.

Redknapp tried to sign him on loan from LA Galaxy in February 2011 but could not come to terms with the MLS club over a move – as reported by the BBC.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard applauds fans as he walks off to be substitutedChelsea's Eden Hazard applauds fans as he walks off to be substituted

Left-midfield

Eden Hazard

One of the players he missed out on that brought Redknapp’s tendency to discuss his Tottenham transfer targets so openly to the fore this week.

He has previously admitted to wanting Hazard at Spurs and told talkSPORT in 2015:

"I was with Hazard in Paris, four hours I spent with him. He wanted to come to Tottenham, but the deal dragged on and didn't happen."

Manchester City's Carlos Tevez (L) has a shot at goal as Tottenham's Ledley King looks onManchester City's Carlos Tevez (L) has a shot at goal as Tottenham's Ledley King looks on

Strikers

Carlos Tevez

The Argentine was a target of Redknapp’s in January 2012. He was quoted by the Daily Mail as stating:

"I said to the chairman 'can you get me Carlos Tevez?'

"Daniel (Levy) made some enquiries, but it wasn't doable. If he could have done it, he would have. He (Levy) would have loved Tevez, but it wasn't possible because his wages are £200,000 a week. It's not possible at Tottenham to buy him."

Luis Suarez Barcelona celebratingLuis Suarez Barcelona celebrating

Luis Suarez

Perhaps the best of the ones that got away?

The Barcelona forward was on ‘Arry’s radar whilst an Ajax player. He told talkSPORT this week of how signing Suarez and Hazard when they had the chance would have won Tottenham the Premier League title.

Looking at this team, in their prime, Harry Redknapp’s wanted at Tottenham XI could have been fairly formidable.

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