Andre Villas-Boas Reveals Tottenham Turned Down The Chance To Sign Miroslav Klose This Summer

Portuguese insists he wasn’t interested in German.

Tottenham head-coach Andre Villas-Boas has insisted that he was never tempted to sign German veteran Miroslav Klose.

The 34-year-old Lazio striker claims that he rejected to join the Londoners this summer, in favour of remaining in Rome.

But Villas-Boas, whose side face the Italians in their Europa League opener on Thursday night, says Spurs were never interested in signing the powerful forward.

He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “The player had been offered to us by the usual round of agents, but there was never any real negotiation.

“Klose is an important player, but I have very good strikers. With [Jermain] Defoe, [Emmanuel] Adebayor and [Clint] Dempsey I can feel comfortable.”

Spurs head into their midweek European clash off the back of a 3-1 win at Reading on Sunday – their first of the Premier League campaign – but Villas-Boas remains cautious of Vladimir Petkovic’s men.

“With Lazio it will be a difficult match,” he added. “They have important players such as Ledesma, who is one of my favourite players.

“Then there’s Hernanes. I expected him to find a top club (in the summer) and instead Lazio have done well to keep him.”

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