Tottenham Had Lengthy Talks To Sign Chelsea Pair, Former Manager Reveals

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Spurs agonisingly close to signing world class Belgian pair.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he came agonisingly close to signing Chelsea stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois earlier in their careers, according to talkSPORT.

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The Belgian internationals, both now star players at Stamford Bridge after being snapped up by the Blues instead, could have been lining up at White Hart Lane instead, and Redknapp admits he regrets failing to conclude deals to sign them both.

“I was with Hazard in Paris, four hours I spent with him. He wanted to come to Tottenham, but the deal dragged on and didn’t happen,” Redknapp said.

“The goalkeeper, Courtois, we had him for next to nothing when he was 17 and that was another deal that dragged on forever and we didn’t get it over the line. He should have been at Tottenham.

“If we had have bought one or two players in at that time that we could have got, I felt we would have had a team capable of winning the league.”

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