'I'd have loved him' - Redknapp: This PL star on the brink of playing for Tottenham
By Russell Edge
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has claimed that the club were on the brink of securing the services of Eden Hazard from Lille before he made the move to London rivals Chelsea.
The 26-year-old midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2012 from the French side in a £32million deal, and has gone on to establish himself as one of the biggest stars in the Premier League.
He has made 260 appearances across all competitions for the Blues, scoring 75 goals and chipping in with 66 assists on the way to two Premier League titles, one League Cup and one Europa Cup victory.
However he could have been playing a short distance away at White Hart Lane had then-boss Redknapp had been given his way, having reportedly met the Belgian international in France to discuss his potential arrival at Spurs.
However while the English manager was hopeful of securing his signature with the visit it was ultimately in vain, pointing the blame at those at boardroom level for not seeing the deal through.
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Speaking on BT Sports’ Premier League Tonight (28/10, 20:00), he said: “Went to France, met him [Hazard] in a hotel room, three hours I was with him.
“I’d have loved him.We wanted him, and then obviously, the club didn’t get the deal done.
“For whatever reason, I left it to the powers that be to buy him, and it didn’t get pushed over the line.”
Instead of the Belgian winger Redknapp saw the likes of current Spurs stars Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris all join the club in the 2012/13 season, while he also brought in Clint Dempsey, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
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