37-year-old goalkeeper reveals he once rejected a Tottenham transfer offer

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Nigeria legend, Vincent Enyeama, has now revealed that he once rejected offers from Tottenham and their North London rivals, Arsenal.

Enyeama has clocked up more than a hundred appearances for Enyimba, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Lille, and Nigeria throughout his career.

The goalkeeper is Nigeria’s most capped player of all time, having captained the Super Eagles across multiple Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2014 World Cup.

The 37-year-old has been without a club since being released by Lille in the summer of 2018 but is yet to announce his retirement.

Enyeama has now admitted that he had a chance to move to Spurs and Arsenal at different points in his career but rejected the offers from the North London duo as they wanted him as a second choice keeper.

The Nigerian shot-stopper insisted that he wanted to play regularly and thus chose to stay with Lille.

Speaking to ESPN, Enyeama said: “Arsenal wanted me for second choice, but I was not interested. I also had an offer from Tottenham that wanted me for second choice also and I wasn’t interested.

“It was after 2006 Nations Cup and then again around the 2014 World Cup. When I turned them down, that is when they [Arsenal] took David Ospina.

“For me, I was at the stage where I preferred playing even if it was for one of the smallest teams.”

Spurs Web Opinion

If it was true that we approached him in 2014, we probably wanted him as a second choice to Hugo Lloris. We have struggled to find an able deputy to the Frenchman since Brad Friedel’s retirement. There is no doubt that Enyeama would have been a better option to have than Michel Vorm.

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