Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Martin Jol has admitted that Luis Suarez almost ended up in north London rather than his eventual destination in Liverpool.
The striker went on to become a Premier League star for the Reds amid plenty of controversy before moving to Barcelona on link up with Messi and co.
However, Jol, who managed Spurs from 2004 to 2007, revealed that he was asked his opinion on the Uruguay international and former Ajax striker as the Lilywhites were very interested in bringing him to London.
“Suarez nearly played for Tottenham,” said the Dutchman. “They phoned me about him and I said, ‘He’s unbelievable’. And he was £25m!
“Ok, times change and Luis Suarez, two months later he was at Liverpool and I couldn’t understand why Spurs didn’t take him.”
Jol is also backing new signing Davinson Sanchez to be a hit at Tottenham, but only if he can get in the team.
“Sanchez will only play if Spurs play three at the back. He’s very young, he’s unbelievably quick. He was arguably their best player. Pochettino has Jan and Toby but Wimmer might go to another club, so they need a third centre-back,” said Jol.
“They have Dier but he plays in midfield so they need another one. I think Sanchez is the other one.
“Sanchez is cynical. He is quick. He settled quickly as a young lad who came into the country [from Colombia]. He was there one year and he was a personality. Don’t forget that in Holland, it’s a different competition in the league and there’s no guarantee.
“For a young player, he is mentally good now at Ajax. That is not a normal thing because he’s very young. But to be mentally good for the Premier League, you have to learn your trade.”