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Friday 23 March 2018

WATCH - Teddy Sheringham on the day Tottenham nearly signed a true world superstar

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Teddy Sheringham has revealed that Tottenham came to signing the great Diego Maradona - and how they ended up with German goal scoring great Jurgen Klinsmann instead.

Sheringham was a senior player at Tottenham when his manager Ossie Ardiles came to him with the proposal to sign Argentine legend Maradona in 1994, with his close ties to the superstar who had been caught up in a drug scandal at the World Cup finals that year opening the door to a possible move to White Hart Lane.

Sheringham revealed the chain of events in an interview with the Stadium Astro YouTube channel.

“I got on really well with Ossie and he came to me one day and said ‘I want your opinion, I’m thinking about signing someone’,” recalls Sheringham.

“And I was like ‘go on’ and he was like ‘Diego Maradona’, and I went ‘Ossie, Ossie, really!? Are you?’ I went ‘do, 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’.

“So 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’, but he said we can get someone just as good…Jurgen Klinsmann.

“He was a revelation at Tottenham and his goal scoring skills were unbelievable. He was ridiculously good.”

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