By Harry Sykes
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed to Bild he came close to joining Tottenham in 2012.
The Borussia Dortmund striker, who was playing for Saint-Etienne in France at that time, held detailed talks with the London giants and even visited their stadium and training ground.
But former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas did not pursue the deal and Aubameyang subsequently joined Dortmund 12 months later.
The forward, 28, has developed into one of the most feared front men in the world and will be viewed by Spurs as the dangerman ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League clash between the two clubs at Wembley.
“[Back in 2012] I was in Tottenham at the time, looked at the stadium and the training ground and we talked,” he told German newspaper Bild.
“But after that, no one else came to see me.”
Aubameyang criticised Spurs for things getting “weird” and revealed that the failed transfer provides him with “extra motivation” for a win on Wednesday.
The Gabon international has begun the new season in fine form, scoring six goals from five matches in all competitions after his stunning 40-goal haul from 46 hames last season.
In four years at Dortmund, the 48-times international has scored a remarkable 126 goals from 194 matches.
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