Eight times Tottenham dodged a transfer bullet

Berahino Downing

Tottenham Hotspur fans can perhaps be relieved that these players never arrived at White Hart Lane.

While Tottenham supporters may be frustrated with the club's lack of signings during this window, recent history proves that it is sometimes better for a club to miss out on a target with that player subsequently failing to justify the interest in the first place.

With that in mind, HITC Sport has compiled a list of eight players that Tottenham missed out on down the years who the supporters, in hindsight, will be delighted never arrived at White Hart Lane...

Stoke City's Saido BerahinoStoke City's Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino

Tottenham had missed out on Saido Berahino in the two previous windows when the Daily Mail suggested in March 2016 that Spurs were planning a £24 million move for the forward. The 23-year-old ended up joining Stoke joining the most recent January window, for whom he has not scored a single goal.

Stewart Downing

Imagine if Tottenham had sanctioned the deal that Middlesbrough wanted for Stewart Downing back in 2008. According to the Daily Mail, Downing would be sold to Spurs if Tottenham coughed up £15 million and sent Gareth Bale to the Riverside Stadium. Downing, on his day, could be an excellent winger - but just imagine if they let Bale leave to sweeten the deal.

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing in action with Liverpool's Georginio WijnaldumStewart Downing

Kenny Miller

According to the Guardian, Tottenham wanted Kenny Miller back in 2003 for a fee of around £2 million. He would stay at Wolves, but was unable to help them stay in the Premier League, scoring just twice in 25 league games.

Abel Hernandez

After a Serie A campaign which saw Hernandez score just three times in 22 games, Tottenham reportedly made a bid for the Uruguay international, according to the Telegraph. He would arrive in England in 2014 with Hull City, for whom he has scored a grand total of eight Premier League goals in two seasons.

Curtis Davies

According to a report from the Guardian in 2007, Curtis Davies attracted a £5 million bid from Tottenham. Though Davies has been a fairly decent performer at Premier League level, it could be questioned whether he would have been able to justify such a fee at Tottenham.  

Stoke City's Charlie Adam celebrates their first goalCharlie Adam

Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam was a talisman for the Blackpool side that won many fans during their one season in the Premier League, but he could have finished that season as a Tottenham player, with Harry Redknapp suggesting that Spurs tried to sign him in January, according to the London Evening Standard. Adam has shown some moments of real quality at Stoke in particular, but Spurs fans will probably not mind the fact that they missed out in 2011.

Bobby Zamora

Despite his disappointing first spell at White Hart Lane, Tottenham wanted to bring Bobby Zamora back to the club in 2011, according to the London Evening Standard. In the three following seasons that the forward would play in the top flight, he scored just nine times in the league.  

Bobby Zamora scores the first goal for QPRBobby Zamora

Leandro Damiao

The Telegraph reported in January 2013 that Leandro Damiao was set to attract a £15 million bid from Spurs. Since that bid was supposedly in the offing, Damiao has scored 21 league goals.

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