Ex-Tottenham winger David Ginola admits Arsenal tried to sign him

The retired French winger has revealed that David Dein contacted him before he signed for Newcastle.

David Ginola’s name has been splashed all over the news this week as the retired French winger has revealed that he is set to run against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.

The flying winger had a memorable playing career in England with Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton, and has revealed to FourFourTwo that he could have played for Arsenal.

After starring for Paris Saint-Germain in his homeland, Ginola was on the brink of penning a deal to move to St James’ Park, but has revealed that he had the option of choosing the Gunners.

“I was in Amsterdam with Terry McDermott about to sign for them (Newcastle) when I got another phone call from the Arsenal chairman David Dein at about midnight wanting to know if I had signed for Newcastle as they wanted me at Highbury,” Ginola is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.

“But I had given my word to Newcastle so I went there”

After two years in the North East, the flamboyant French attacker moved to Tottenham, were he gained cult status over three years at White Hart Lane.

He featured in 100 Premier League games and scored 13 goals, but was loved by the fans due to his shows of skill and individual feats.

The 47-year-old retired in 2002 but is still remembered as one of the most exciting foreign imports the Premier League has seen.

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