Tottenham's summer signing Christian Eriksen has revealed that Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain were both interested in signing him, prior to completing his move to White Hart Lane.
Speaking to a newspaper in his homeland of Denmark, Eriksen claims Dortmund called him to discuss a potential move to the Bundesliga, but the Champions League finalists didn't firm up their interest with an offer.
The former Ajax midfielder told BT: "Dortmund was interested, and they approached me.
"I guess that they have contacted all the candidates they had, and I was one of the many.
"They were interested, and there was a phone call from them. But it's a long time ago and a lot has happened since."
Dortmund were on the lookout for a replacement for Mario Gotze, who joined rivals Bayern Munich for £32.5 million. Having opted for £24.2 million-rated Henrikh Mkhitaryan - the Armenian international from Shakhtar Donetsk - Dortmund's interest ended.
BT also reported that Paris Saint-Germain approached Eriksen at the end of the transfer window and were prepared to offer a larger salary and transfer fee than Spurs - but Eriksen already had his heart set on the Premier League - and their loss was Tottenham's gain.
Eriksen completed his £11.5 million move to north London after Gareth Bale's world-record transfer to Real Madrid went through, with Andre Villas-Boas being given significant funds to re-shape his Spurs squad ahead of the new season.
And Eriksen is one of many to join the White Hart Lane revolution, with Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Paulinho just some of the big-name players to join Tottenham this summer.
With the two-week international break giving Spurs' latest signings time to settle in their new surroundings - though many are away on international duty, Eriksen included - Villas-Boas could hand full debuts to a number of new signings against Norwich City at White Hart Lane on Saturday.