Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy has revealed how he almost could have joined Tottenham instead of Liverpool, and claims not moving to White Hart Lane is one of the lingering regrets of his long career.
The 34-year-old has played for eight different clubs during his 17 years as a professional, including the likes of Newcastle United, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham.
Bellamy does, though, wish he was able to count Tottenham among the numerous teams on his CV, and has detailed how he missed out on becoming a Spurs player on three separate occasions.
The former Wales international has explained how he was once so close to joining Spurs that a contract had been prepared for him to sign, but he was already too far down the line at Liverpool to consider changing his mind.
"I think the first time was when I was 19 with George Graham, then with Martin Jol in 2007 and again with Harry Redknapp in 2008-09," Bellamy told the Evening Standard.
"It’s always been close, really close to the point I got called out of my Liverpool medical to say the papers were ready for me to sign for Spurs.
"But I thought ‘well, I’m here now’. Football’s crazy like that but I like White Hart Lane and Spurs’s style of football. Of all the clubs I didn’t go to that I could regret, that’d be the one."
There is a slight factual inaccuracy in Bellamy's version of events, however, with his two separate moves to Liverpool taking place in the summers of 2006 and 2011 respectively.
This would appear to suggest that Martin Jol had attempted to sign Bellamy one year earlier than he suggests, or that Harry Redknapp had made an attempt to secure his services on a free transfer in 2011.