Emirates hero did not want to move to White Hart Lane.
Galatasaray defender Emmanuel Eboue claims Tottenham Hotspur tried to sign before he left Arsenal for Turkey.
The 28-year-old became the latest Gunners star to leave the Emirates this summer and rejected the opportunity to move across north London.
The Ivory Coast international penned a four-year deal with the Turkish giants following a £4million move to Gala.
He is the fourth major star to leave Arsenal, following the departures of Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas and Denilson, with supporters questioning manager Arsene Wenger’s transfer plans.
Eboue made 214 appearances for Arsenal after joining the club in 2005 but that did not deter Spurs boss, Harry Redknapp, from attempting to hijack his transfer.
“Before I went to Galatasaray, I had many contacts – from Tottenham and many other clubs in Europe,” Eboue said to Sky Sports News.
Robbie Keane’s move to LA Galaxy has freed up some cash at White Hart Lane, and Redknapp is thought to be keen to bring in a right-back.
Doubts over Alan Hutton and Vedran Corluka’s long-term futures at the club continue to persist while Kyle Walker could be set for a loan move away from the club.
Neither Hutton nor Corluka managed to nail down the position last season, starting 19 and 13 Premier League games respectively, while Walker was at Aston Villa on a short-term deal.