Troy Deeney has confirmed he held transfer talks with Jose Mourinho this summer over a potential transfer to Tottenham.
Mourinho was in the market for a centre forward to provide cover and competition for Harry Kane.
A number of big-name attackers were mentioned as targets, though in the end Tottenham signed Carlos Vinicius from Benfica.
The 25-year-old could cost Spurs £40m if his move is to become permanent.
However, among the names also linked with Spurs was experienced Watford frontman Deeney.
Deeney may be in the autumn of his career, but his experience and know-how could have proved crucial.
And while the transfer never materialised, the 32-year-old has confirmed talks with Mourinho were held.
“I’m 32. A lot of clubs were looking for a different style of striker as a back-up,” Deeney told talkSPORT. “Obviously everyone wants to play a certain way but when you get into certain moments you need someone to hold it up or if you are losing a game, go long.
“There were a lot of talks. Some things materialised, some things didn’t. The ones that were getting closer, you start thinking are you ready to go back to the Premier League to be a bit-part player.
“I’ve been at Watford 10 years and then you start weighing the options of calling it a day. When you get into that mould of being a super sub you can’t go back.”
Deeney refused to disclose exactly how close he was to agreeing the move, but did admit his admiration for Mourinho’s side.
“I saw Jose at the Watford vs Spurs game in pre-season. That’s all I will say.
“When you get to Spurs you know the difference between the lesser clubs and the big boys. It’s a different experience. I think we all watched the Amazon thing (All Or Nothing) – their training ground is ridiculous. Their stadium is ridiculous.
“You want to test yourself as well. I’m not going to go in there and say ‘I’m better than Harry Kane’. I know what I can do and what I can deliver and there’s not many people who can do what I can do.”
Deeney happy with Watford stay
The striker insists all his focus now is on helping Watford return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Deeney is also adamant that his decision to stay will work out for the best.
“When you have some of the offers I had… Sorry, I’m being a bit cryptic and I don’t want to put things out there around the media and I don’t want to kill myself. I’m trying to learn,” he said.
“You can rush to get back in the Premier League. Let’s say, for example, [I went to] West Ham and for whatever reason they get relegated. You’ve gone back for a seven-month period.
“Am I better off getting Watford re-promoted and staying with them? The redemption story kind of thing and finishing my career with Watford. They are the conversations you have with your family.”
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