Harry Redknapp has lifted the lid on Wilson Palacios' and Peter Crouch's summer moves from Tottenham to Stoke.
The Spurs boss takes his side to the Potteries this evening with three of his former charges - Crouch, Palacios and Jonathan Woodgate - now plying their respective trades at the Britannia Stadium.
But, says Redknapp, he was reluctant to let any of the trio leave White Hart Lane, and found it especially difficult to release Woodgate from his Spurs contract.
And Redknapp also claims that Crouch and Palacios were only sold due to Stoke because Spurs could not afford to reject the substantial offer made.
“They got three good players off us this summer - Crouchy, Wilson Palacios and Jonathan Woodgate, they were all good signings,” said the Spurs supremo.
“Wilson had the injuries, that was the problem for him. His form dipped a bit and we just couldn’t get him fit and playing regularly.
“He wasn’t one of the players I was desperate to let go, believe me. There were other players who I thought needed to leave but he wasn’t one of them.
“It was just that Stoke offered £20million for Crouch and Wilson, and the club felt it was a good offer and that’s what happened.
“I think Wilson’s deal was dependant on Crouchy going, that’s what they kept telling us. They wouldn’t take Wilson without Crouch - it was a double deal."
Redknapp also confirmed Crouch and Palacios were shifted in order to free up funds for Spurs to launch a bid for Bolton defender Gary Cahill.
However, despite their best efforts, Spurs were unable to strike a deal with the Trotters, and deadline day yielded only the signature of Scott Parker.