Former Tottenham manager Martin Jol has revealed how Spurs considered allowing Welsh superstar Gareth Bale to leave the club for just £5 million.
The Dutch boss lured the Southampton youth product to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2007 for just £7 million.
However, the youngster failed immediately to justify the price tag and was confined to the fringes of the squad due to injuries and poor performances.
In fact Jol and co were so worried that they had bought a dud they started to offer the Welsh wizard to other clubs in the hope of getting some money back.
And Jol revealed that he had the chance to take the attacker with him to Hamburg when he became manager following his Tottenham sacking.
He said: “Spurs saw Bale as a left-back, but he probably wasn’t the best left-back in the world.
“He was more creative, he had electric pace, so everybody saw that he was more suited as a forward player, and Harry Redknapp saw that later on.
“I saw his potential straight away, but other people didn’t see that in the early stages of his career and that led to Spurs offering Bale to me when I went to Hamburg.
“We had to pay a lot of money to get him though, about five or six million, which we couldn’t afford at the time.
“I then asked Daniel Levy if we could take him on loan instead, but at that time it was not possible.
“So yes, Hamburg could have bought Bale for £5million because, of course, he was not playing at that moment.
“He couldn’t get into the side, so Spurs offered him to other clubs.”