Steven Gerrard: Tottenham wanted Liverpool legend

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Steven Gerrard was revealed that Tottenham Hotspur were keen to sign him during the summer when he came to the end of his contract with Liverpool.

The veteran midfielder opted to leave Anfield in the summer, after Brendan Rodgers refused to give the former England international assurances about the role he would play at the club moving forward [Sky Sports].

Gerrard ultimately opted to leave Anfield—ending his 17-year stay with the Merseysiders—before moving to Major League Soccer, and Los Angeles Galaxy.

As revealed by the Daily Mail, as part of the ongoing serialisation of Gerrard’s autobiography, the Scouser has revealed that LA Galaxy weren’t his only summer option.

In fact, the midfielder has named some of the clubs that attempted to sign him, including, intriguingly, Spurs, who finished one place higher than Liverpool in the league last season.

“Before I went public with the news, other clubs were hearing I might be leaving Liverpool,” the 35-year-old began.

“The first offer came from Besiktas, then managed by Slaven Bilic. Monaco were next. They came in strong. Paris Saint-Germain were also very keen. David Moyes called my agent a couple of times, to see whether I would be interested in playing for him at Real Sociedad.

“A few English clubs called but I wouldn’t play against Liverpool. There was interest from Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. It was good to know he still rated me. I was sure I could play in the “Premier League for another year but there would not have been much of a buzz doing the same thing all over again with Tottenham.”

It’s intriguing to imagine how Gerrard would have fitted in at White Hart Lane, and it certainly would have been strange to have seen him wearing the kit of another EPL side.

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Despite offloading several midfielders this summer—the likes of Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Benjamin Stambouli all departed—Spurs were unable to bring in any reinforcements in the heart of the park.

Victor Wanyama of Southampton was heavily linked with a switch to North London [Daily Mail], but with the Kenyan having remained on the south coast, Spurs fans may have to content them with the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier.

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