Ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager claimed he nearly signed Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard


Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says he nearly signed Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard when he was Tottenham manager – but ended up with Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen instead.

Harry Redknapp enjoyed a relatively successful four years in charge of Tottenham between 2008 and 2012, in which time he guided the club to their highest ever Premier League finish and won the Premier League Manager of the Year award in 2009-10.

Redknapp helped the club into the top four twice in three years, but missed out on the Champions League the second time around, due to Chelsea winning the competition, having finished fourth. But while his reign at White Hart Lane didn’t yield any silverware. He was later sacked in the year 2012 harshly.

And in a recent interview with Talksport, the Englishman claimed that his Spurs experience could have been so much better had he pulled off what would have been two stunning transfer deals. Redknapp also added he would have turned Spurs into genuine title contenders if he got the players he wished for.

“I was managing a Tottenham team that I thought could go on and win the title, I genuinely believed that,” he said.

“We got Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen on free transfers – we were short, we had injuries at centre-half and I had no striker.

“If we had gone out [and invested] then… Luis Suarez was the player we were looking at,” Redknapp added.

The former Portsmouth manager also told that he held convinced talks with Hazard, then of Lille, in a hotel in France, but later the player joined Spurs’ arch rivals Chelsea just nine days prior to his sacking.

“I met [Eden] Hazard and spent three hours with him in a hotel in Paris – I met him at the airport and he was dead keen to come to Tottenham. We were right down the road with Hazard and Luis Suarez was the best player in the Premier League when he was at Liverpool, he was fantastic.

“If we just got one of those in, we had a team that could have challenged for the title.”