Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has claimed that both Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United were interested in signing him.
Brown joined Celtic over 10 years ago, transferring from Hibernian for £4.4m in 2007.
The former Scottish international has been a mainstay in the Celtic midfield ever since, and has played a key role in winning eight separate league titles with the hoops.
Brown has now revealed that both Spurs and Newcastle looked at signing him from Celtic back in 2009/10, when Tony Mowbray was in charge of the Scottish giants.
The Celtic legend was told by Mowbray to find a new club, even though Brown had no desire to leave Celtic.
In the end, he stayed put at his beloved club, and, aged 33, is set to sign a new contract this year.
Brown told The Daily Record: “It hit me like a hammer when he told me to find a new club. I didn’t want to leave. I enjoyed playing for Celtic and all my family were here. But now I’m being told to find myself a new club.
“I had to get back on the phone and tell people I think I might be free to leave in January. Then all these offers start coming in and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well, whatever happens happens’.
“I had an offer from Newcastle. There had been also interest from Harry Redknapp at Spurs and I was waiting to find out if he was still wanting to do something. So I’m sitting there thinking if I should go or not.”
Would Brown have been a solid signing, or are you glad that ‘Arry wasn’t leaning out of his car window announcing that deal 8 years ago?
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