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Harry Redknapp helped Tottenham into the Champions League during his time at White Hart Lane.

Harry Redknapp claims he almost signed two superstars while managing Tottenham

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Harry Redknapp enjoyed a relatively successful four years in charge of Tottenham between 2008 and 2012, in which time he guided the club to their highest ever Premier League finish.

But while his reign at White Hart Lane didn't yield any silverware, it began a new era for Spurs which - barring brief spells in charge for Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood in between - has seen Mauricio Pochettino take over and continue the north London club's upturn in fortunes.

Redknapp helped the club into the top four twice in three years, but missed out on the Champions League the second time around, due to Chelsea winning the competition, having finished fourth.

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But the 69-year-old believes Tottenham's fortunes would have been completely different had the club managed to complete the signings of two superstar names that are now lighting up world football.

The north Londoners had been falling short for a number of seasons prior to Redknapp's arrival.

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As per the Daily Mail, Redknapp sensationally revealed that Spurs were in the market for both Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard, before the attacking duo joined Liverpool and bitter rivals Chelsea, respectively.

It will undoubtedly be unwelcome news for Tottenham fans, who can only dream of what life at White Hart Lane could have been like, if they had managed to snap up two of the sport's biggest talents.

Sacked

Redknapp was harshly sacked in 2012, despite guiding Spurs to fourth in the table, but admits that not too long before his departure, the club were tracking the progress of Suarez at Ajax, whose prolific nature in front of goal was attracting the attention of some of Europe's top clubs.

"I was managing a Tottenham team that I thought could go on and win the title, I genuinely believed that." Redknapp admitted.

"I took Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen on free transfers [on February 1, 2012] – we were short, we had injuries at centre half and I had no striker.

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"If we had gone out [and invested] then... Luis Suarez was a player that we were looking at."

The Uruguay international subsequently went on to sign for Liverpool in January 2011 for £22.7 million, scoring 82 goals in 133 appearances, before joining Barcelona in July 2014 for £75 million.

Suarez was a sensation at Anfield, as the club narrowly missed out on the Premier League title in the final weeks of the season in his final campaign on Merseyside. However, the South American - now a part of the famous MSN at Barcelona - wasn't the only player that Spurs missed out on.

And the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy may be ruing his decision to sack Redknapp in 2012.

Hazard talks

The former Portsmouth manager revealed that he held positive talks with Hazard, then of Lille, in a hotel in France, but subsequently joined Spurs' bitter rivals Chelsea just nine days prior to his sacking.

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"I spent three hours with Hazard in a hotel room in Paris – I met him at the airport - he was dead keen to come to Tottenham." said Redknapp.

"We were right down the road with Hazard and Luis Suarez was the best player in the Premier League a few years ago when he was at Liverpool, he was fantastic.

"If we just got one of those in, we had a team that could have challenged for the title."

It's hard to imagine what Tottenham could have achieved if they had managed to acquire the likes of Suarez and Hazard, to link up with Gareth Bale - prior to his world-record move to Real Madrid.

Spurs may have ended their 56-year wait for a league title by now, but the future is bright under Pochettino and Tottenham's fans will be happy to not look back at what could have been.

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Mauricio Pochettino
Luis Suarez
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