Alan Dzagoev admits wanting Tottenham Hotspur move

Tottenham fans outside the stadium before the game

The CSKA Moscow midfielder is due to face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday.

CSKA Moscow midfielder Alan Dzagoev has admitted via the Daily Mail that he wanted a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Dzagoev, who is due to face Spurs in their final Champions League group game at Wembley on Wednesday, was linked with a move to White Hart Lane after impressing at the 2012 European Championship.

A firm offer, though, never materialised, and Dzagoev remained at Arena CSKA, where he arrived as a teenager from Krylia Sovetov.

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"People asked me: 'Do you want to join Spurs?' And yes, I really wanted to," Dzagoev told the Daily Mail.

"I was ready to play in England, ready to move. But CSKA didn't receive a firm offer.

"I like English Premier League. So to play for a serious English club would be great for me. I don't remember interest from other English clubs. Except Chelsea."

Now 26, Dzagoev finally has the chance to show Tottenham what they are missing if selected at the national stadium, having missed the Londoners' Moscow visit through injury.

View inside Wembley Stadium

The Russia star may have another incentive, however, with the Daily Mail also reporting renewed interest in his services from Premier League clubs including Everton and West Ham United.

Spurs though, are unlikely to be interested themselves, having added Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko to an already strong central midfield armoury.

Tottenham's Victor Wanyama warms up before the match

Neither Tottenham nor CSKA can qualify for the Champions League's latter stages, although the visitors must win to secure a place in the Europa League.

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