Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were snubbed by emerging South Korean star Hueng-min Son before his transfer this summer.
The impressive Hamburg winger had offers from White Hart Lane and Anfield before moving to Bayer Leverkusen, according to his agent.
While Liverpool and Spurs were the only two Premier League teams credited with making a concrete offer, Thies Bliemeister claimed big guns Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea were watching Son.
The 20-year-old winger was in high demand and eventually opted to move within the Bundesliga to Bayer Leverkusen as the replacement for Chelsea-bound Andre Schurrle in an £8.5million deal
However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and his counterpart at White Hart Lane, Andre Villas-Boas, were given encouragement for the prospect of recruiting Son at some point in the future.
Bliemeister insisted Leverkusen was the right choice but was sure his client was more than capable of playing at a place like Anfield in the not too distant future.
"Liverpool, Tottenham, Fulham, Southampton and Cardiff were interested in concrete terms,” he is quoted as telling German press in a Daily Star report.
"At the beginning and Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United watched Son.
"I think, at clubs like Liverpool and Tottenham, he would also be able to play.
"But I think Leverkusen for the next two or three years is the right step to develop.”
Both Tottenham and Liverpool are keen to recruit young attacking talent and Son’s gage, aligned with a relatively modest price tag, made him the perfect transfer target for the likes of the Premier League pair.
Both missed out on Champions League football for next season and so are unable to spend as freely as the clubs that did, making bargain hunting essential.