Liverpool striker admits Spurs rejection


Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has admitted he rejected the chance to join Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day.

The 32-year-old had agreed a deal to leave Manchester City after spending the previous year on loan at Cardiff City, and was linked with a handful of clubs including Stoke, QPR and a return to the Bluebirds.

However, the Welsh international striker has revealed that his agent had received two clear offers from Kenny Dalglish and Harry Redknapp, with the final move coming down to an opportunity Bellamy felt he could not refuse.

"On the deadline day, I woke up, my phone went, my agent was on his way to see me - I was in a hotel with Wales [national team] - and he said, 'We have two offers,'" he told the official Liverpool website.

"'There's Liverpool and there's Tottenham Hotspur. What do you want to do?'

"I like Tottenham Hotspur; I like the team a lot. I feel the way they play and pass the ball would suit me a treat - but this was a chance to go to Liverpool.

"I don't believe you should return, go back to your old clubs, but this is Liverpool and I could never walk away from this opportunity."

Redknapp is a known admirer of Bellamy, but was unable to persuade the player that his future in the Barclays Premier League should lie at White Hart Lane.

Spurs' loss was the Reds' gain however, and whilst the forward is yet to feature on a regular basis, he will be hoping for a bigger role as time goes on at Anfield.

"This was everything I wanted. I would never sound negative towards Rafa (Benitez) or Gerard Houllier because they have done so much for the club and were outstanding, but this is what I grew up with," he added.

"I watched Liverpool towards the end of last season and the way they were playing, and it was what I grew up supporting - the passing and moving, the free-flowing football. It felt like it was back.

"Now watching Liverpool feels like it is Liverpool again - and the opportunity to be a part of that was just too big of a deal to turn down."

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