Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has revealed his efforts to sign England international Scott Parker.
The former West Ham United midfielder joined Spurs on deadline day for a deal reported to be in the region of £6 million.
It came after an effort from Pulis to bring the player to the Potteries though, with the Stoke chief revealing a desire to stay in London was key to the player's decision.
"We did have a go for Parker. It was something we were trying to do for a few weeks," the Stoke boss told The Sentinel.
"But we realised that if he could, he wanted to stay in London. That was a big part of it with him. I felt there were certain areas of the team we can improve and have to improve and that was one of them.
"I enquired about him and kept in touch with Sam Allardyce (West Ham manager) to find out what the situation was. But Sam said Parker would prefer to stay in London because he'd got three boys in school there."
That was to the advantage of Tottenham Hotspur, with Harry Redknapp able to lure the player to White Hart Lane after the previous season's relegation with the Hammers.
With Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios heading to the Britannia Stadium, the addition of Parker was a coup for the Spurs boss on an otherwise disappointing deadline day.
Tottenham Hotspur had also been in the market for Gary Cahill, but failed to land the Bolton defender.