Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has revealed Spurs had the chance to sign Eden Hazard for just £16million but Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy turned down the chance.
When asked about his biggest transfer regret, Redknapp told BBC Scotland’s Sacked in the Morning Podcast: “Probably Eden Hazard when I was at Tottenham.
“Joe Cole rang me at Lille and said he was playing with the best player he had ever played with.
“He said Hazard was incredible. I went to watch him and he was fantastic. I met him in a hotel room with his agent and he was prepared to come to Tottenham.
“I think it was £16m at the time but Daniel Levy wasn’t prepared to pay the money.”
Hazard ended up joining Chelsea in June 2012 for £32m, with the club winning the race to sign the 21-year-old attacking midfielder on a five-year contract worth £170,000 per week.
Hazard scored 110 goals and contributed 92 assists in 352 appearances for Chelsea between 2012 and 2019 before joining Real Madrid.
Hazard won two Premier League titles, two Europa League trophies, the FA Cup and League Cup over seven years with the Blues.