Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he considered signing Luis Suarez before the forward penned a deal with Liverpool, according to The Guardian.
The Uruguayan, who shot to fame at the World Cup in South Africa after his handball helped his country qualify for the semi-finals, has been a revelation for The Reds since he joined from Ajax.
But Tottenham boss Redknapp says he turned down the chance to sign Liverpool's Suarez due to his similarities with Rafael van der Vaart.
"We kept looking at [Suárez] but people thought he couldn't play up as a striker," said Redknapp.
"They said he's like Rafa [van der Vaart] and you can't have him and Rafa or you'd have two players who want to drop deep, so that was the problem.
"We were looking for someone to play up front with Rafa. People said he couldn't do that, he drifts and comes deep. But he played up front on his own the other night [against Fulham on Monday] and he was fantastic."
Liverpool signed Suarez from Ajax for £22.8 million in the January transfer window as Fernando Torres completed his move to Chelsea.
Spurs meanwhile failed in an attempt to sign Diego Forlan, and have seen their strikers fail in front of goal this season as they have fallen out of contention for the fourth Champions League spot.
The two sides duelled on Sunday, with Tottenham beating their rivals for the sole Europa League spot, but Liverpool will have a final chance to re-claim that spot this weekend as they travel to Aston Villa, while Spurs will host Birmingham City.
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