Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has revealed he came close to signing Manchester City-bound Patrick Vieira last summer.
The former Arsenal captain joined City from Internazionale on Friday but was interested in joining Spurs – Arsenal's bitter north London rivals – in August.
Vieira captained the Gunners to three Premier League titles during nine successful seasons in England.
"I was interested in the summer, very interested and he was keen to come to Tottenham at the time," claimed Redknapp.
"He showed a lot of bottle to want to play at Tottenham after being such a legend at Arsenal. That shows his character to want to take that challenge on.
"But it didn't happen because he got back into the squad at Inter Milan and it drifted.
"This time when he was available I did get some phone calls about the possibility again but we felt we'd moved on a bit from then and we were happy with what we had at the club."