Stewart Downing has admitted that Tottenham made ‘a couple of moves’ for his signature in the past, but were unwilling to gamble on his fitness.
Downing was at Middlesbrough at the time, and says that when he got injured the deal fell through.
“Tottenham made a couple of moves for me when I was at Boro,” Downing told The Sunday Mirror.
“There were offers in the summer of 2008. Spurs came in again that following January. Then I got injured.
“Because I was injured I think Spurs were reluctant to come back in.
“The big thing for me was that Martin O’Neill was pushing hard for me to join Villa. If a player is injured then it takes a lot of trust to sign him.”
Liverpool signed Downing in the summer for a reported £20 million fee, after the winger starred for Aston Villa.
Downing was one of seven fresh faces to join the Liverpool squad in the transfer window, but so far the Reds have suffered a disappointing start to the season, and after losing 4-0 to Tottenham yesterday, Liverpool sit at eighth on the Barclays Premier League table.