Tottenham nearly signed Argentina legend Diego Maradona in the 1990s, according to former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham.
The north London club’s then-manager, Ossie Ardiles, was interested in bringing his compatriot to White Hart Lane before deciding against the move and signing Jurgen Klinsmann instead.
“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’,” Sheringham told Stadium Astro’s League of Legends.
“And I was like ‘go on’ and he was like ‘Diego Maradona’, and I went ‘Ossie, Ossie, really!? Are you? Do it, 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’.
“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’.