Deal was all but done for me to join Tottenham until AVB was appointed - proven PL performer
By Harry Sykes
Jonas Olsson has revealed he was on the verge of joining Tottenham until Andre Villas-Boas scuppered the transfer.
The Swedish centre-back, 34, explained he was “close” to quitting West Brom for Spurs in 2012 when Harry Redknapp was manager.
But Redknapp was sacked and the appointment of his replacement Villas-Boas ended Olsson’s hopes of a glamour move to White Hart Lane.
“It was close,” Olsson told Swedish publication Expressen of a potential move to Tottenham in the summer of 2012. “Usually it’s just rumours but this was pretty close to be being done.
“Then Harry was fired and they brought in Andre Villas-Boas, so it never happened.”
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Olsson subsequently came close to joining Redknapp for a second time, when he was in charge at Queens Park Rangers.
“It was not as close,” Olsson added to Expressen. “I had a good season with West Bromwich and QPR then tried to line up a deal. Harry Redknapp liked me.”
Olsson finally severed his ties with West Brom this earlier this week after nine years as a mainstay of team, in which he accumulated 261 appearances.
The veteran defender has signed with Swedish club Djurgarden after he agreed to terminate his contract with West Brom early so he could return to his homeland.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.