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Santi Cazorla was nearly a Spurs player

Harry Redknapp admits Tottenham Hotspur were close to landing Spaniard

Santi Cazorla could have been playing for the white-side of North London had Tottenham Hotspur moved faster in the transfer market, according to former-manager Harry Redknapp.

The Spaniard signed for Arsenal back in 2012 after agreeing to leave La Liga side Malaga, and since moving to the Premier League, he has become influential for the Gunners, providing the most assists for the club in recent years.

Cazorla has recently adapted a new position to work alongside Francis Coquelin. After initially being a number-10, the Spanish international is now deemed a deep-lying play-maker.

After agreeing to pay £15million for the maestro, Arsenal wrapped up a deal for Cazorla, but according to Redknapp, he was very nearly a Spurs player a couple of years earlier.

Spurs Missed Out

“Santi Cazorla was very nearly a Tottenham player well before he joined Arsenal in 2012,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“He was fantastic against us for Villarreal in a pre-season friendly in July 2010.

“The deal was almost done but it got lost somewhere in the negotiations between Tottenham and Villarreal.

“It was a transfer that could and should have been done. He ended up being another one who got away.”

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Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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