Former Tottenham and the current Queens Park Rangers gaffer Harry Redknapp has revealed that he missed out on signing both Luis Suarez and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira during his stint at White Hart Lane.
Autobiographies always seem to reveal something unexpected and Harry Redknapp's autobiography has revealed something similar in his autobiography A Man Walks Onto A Pitch.
Redknapp claims not signing the controversial Uruguayan is: "One of the biggest regrets of my life".
Suarez was last seen wrecking havoc among the Premier League defences before the World Cup, with Liverpool having signed him from Ajax for a fee worth £22.8million. Redknapp declared that he was initially unsure about Suárez but when he decided to sign him the asking price became a problem for Tottenham, and the Uruguay international moved from Ajax to Liverpool instead.
Redknapp, whose book is being serialised in the Daily Mail, said: “Just when I was on the verge of taking the plunge, the price went up. In the end he was sold for £22.8m to Liverpool. We wouldn’t have paid that.”
The QPR manager also revealed that he was on the verge of securing the signing of Vieira from Inter Milan back in 2009. Redknapp admitted that he wanted to persuade Vieira to join Tottenham from Inter Milan back then.
"I met him at his house in Hampstead and he had no fear about what people would think or what reception he would get. He had enough confidence in his ability to just brush it away," he said.
“I remember talking to Daniel Levy, our chairman, about him. He said the crowd would be hostile. I knew that – but if he had enough bottle to want to put on our white shirt after all that had gone before, I thought it said something about the man.”
The thought of both Vieira and Suarez at Tottenham would've made a chill run down the spines of opposition defences. Ultimately though the former decided to stay at Inter for the next few months and moved to the Blue side of Manchester in 2010, whereas Suarez is now at Barcelona.