Arsenal star almost joined Tottenham

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Harry Redknapp has revealed he wanted to bring Arsenal star Santi Cazorla to White Hart Lane during his time as Tottenham manager.

Cazorla joined the Gunners from financially crippled Malaga for £12 million during the summer and has proven to be one of the finest signings of the transfer window.

The Spain international, however, could have been a Spurs player had Redknapp got his way, with the club's former boss having identified Cazorla as a top target during his time in north London.

"He first really caught my eye a couple of years ago in a pre-season game, when he was still with Villarreal," Redknapp wrote in The Sun.

"They came to Tottenham for a pre-season game and he absolutely ran the show — he was fantastic.

"I really wanted him at White Hart Lane after that and he was always top of my list to bring to Spurs, but we never managed it."

Cazorla has been particularly impressive since his move from La Liga to the Emirates Stadium, and had played key role in Arsenal's unbeaten start prior to the weekend defeat to Chelsea.

Redknapp has certainly enjoyed what he has seen from the 27-year-old who, he believes, is on a par with former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas in terms of talent and will grow in importance to the Gunners.

"Cazorla is a superb footballer and I think Arsenal have got a real diamond," he added.

"However much they got for Cesc Fabregas, £40million or whatever it was, they have managed to replace him for less than half the money.

"I am a huge fan of Cesc, but I honestly don’t think there is anything between the two of them. They’re both top Spanish internationals — and Cazorla will be a truly great signing for the Gunners."

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