By Harry Sykes
Teddy Sheringham has revealed that Tottenham came close to signing Diego Maradona.
The Spurs legend made the shock revelation in a new interview as he discussed the club’s transfer activity in his first spell at White Hart Lane.
The former striker, 50, initially joined Tottenham in 1992 and spent five years at the club before leaving for Manchester United in 1997.
Sheringham returned for a second spell in 2001 when he quit United and spent another two years to take his total goal tally for the London giants to 125 from 277 appearances.
The former England international recalls a conversation he had with former Spurs manager Osvaldo Ardiles about bringing all-time great Maradona to White Hart Lane.
“I got on really well with Ossie, and I think I was the captain at the time, and Ossie came to me one day and said ‘I want your opinion, I’m thinking about signing someone’,” recalls Sheringham, as quoted by the Mirror.
“And I was like ‘go on’ and he was like ‘Diego Maradona’, and I went ‘Ossie, Ossie, really!? Are you?’ I went ‘do, just do it’.
“He said ‘I’m in talks with him at the moment’ and I was like ‘my god, do it, it would be brilliant to play with him’.
“So he came to me about three days later and was like ‘I’ve decided not to sign Diego, he’s got too much baggage around him’.”
Sheringham was shattered that Tottenham did not push through what would have been a sensational deal for Ardiles’ countryman but goes on to explain that the manager then dropped the bombshell that he would instead be signing Jurgen Klinsmann.
“I just couldn’t believe that Jurgen had just won the World Cup, and he was coming to Tottenham, and he was a revelation at Tottenham,” explained the former striker.
Sheringham is the tenth-highest goalscorer in Premier League history with 147 goals, and is the competition’s 19th-highest appearance maker.
He holds the record as the oldest outfield player to appear in a Premier League match (40 years, 272 days) and the oldest player to score in a Premier League match (40 years, 268 days).
In other Tottenham transfer news, Daniel Levy has lined up the next Spurs arrival as the deal is all but done.