Spurs were desperate to sign a new striker in the just-closed transfer window. They were linked with a move for several attackers and Troy Deeney was one of them.
Being a Premier League veteran, he looked like the perfect choice to offer support to Harry Kane.
The former Walsall man was relegated with Watford last season and he is one player that was expected to leave the Hornets.
However, the move to Tottenham didn’t work out and the 32-year-old remains with the Championship side.
Spurs also targeted the likes of Callum Wilson and Victor Osimhen, but they eventually settled for a loan for Carlos Vinicius from Benfica.
Speaking to TalkSPORT recently, Deeney revealed that the interest from Tottenham was genuine.
He claimed that teams approached him for his different style of play before adding that he had doubts about wanting to be a backup striker at this stage of his career.
Speaking to Talksport about the reported interest, Deeney said as quoted by Give Me Sport: “Yes, [it’s genuine]
“I’m 32. A lot of clubs were looking for a different style of striker as a backup. Obviously, everyone wants to play a certain way now.
“But when you get into certain moments then you need someone who can hold it up or go long if you’re losing, so yes there was a lot of talks. Some things materialised and some things didn’t.
“The ones that were getting closer then you start thinking ‘are you ready to go back to the Premier League to be a bit-part player?’ When you start getting into the mould of being a super-sub, you cannot really go back.”
Asked if he spoke to Jose Mourinho, Deeney said: “I saw Jose at the Watford v Spurs game, pre-season. That’s all I say.
“When you get to Spurs, you know the difference between being at a lesser club and a big club with the big boys, so it’s a different experience. I think we all watched the Amazon thing and we was like ‘oh, I’d love to be there’. The training ground is ridiculous and the stadium is ridiculous.
“You want to test yourself as well. I am not going to go in there and say ‘I am better than Harry Kane’. Come on, we all know. I am a realist. It is what is. I know what I can deliver.”