By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool great Dirk Kuyt has revealed Tottenham were interested in purchasing him in 2005.
The now 36-year-old has had a fine career in football, earning 105 caps for the Holland national side while becoming a firm fan favourite with the Liverpool fan base during his six years at the club.
However, it could have been different for the attacker after he told how Daniel Levy and Martin Jol expressed an interest in bringing him to London on deadline day 12 years a go, which saw them sign Lee Young-Pyo, Jermaine Jenas and Grezegoz Rasiak respectively.
“A year before I went to Liverpool, I had the opportunity to go to Spurs, where the manager Martin Jol and chairman Daniel Levy expressed an interest,” told Kuyt to Four Four Two.
“But it was on transfer deadline day, and at that time I didn’t want to move.
“Later on, Liverpool became the number one club who wanted me, although all the negotiations took a while. Other clubs showed an interest too, such as Atletico Madrid. That’s also a nice club, but once I’d heard of Liverpool’s interest, it was the only club I wanted to go to. From a young age I’d always liked Liverpool.”
Kuyt became a proven Premier League attacker during his time at Liverpool where he played 286 times, bringing a return of 71 goals and 40 assists.
However, he was only able to lift the League Cup during his time at the famous club, which was the only cup Tottenham were also able to win during his time in England.
The two Premier League giants have seemingly traded places since Kuyt left for Fenerbache five years a go and while Spurs now look to become an established top four club, Liverpool’s position is still in question.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs will try to negotiate this attacker transfer next month.