Striker reveals he rejected ‘sideways’ move to Tottenham

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Former Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed that he rejected the opportunity to join Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal during his playing career.

Agbonlahor revealed that there was serious interest from the North London rivals while Aston Villa were flying high in the Premier League in the late 2000s, which saw the club challenging for Champions League qualification. 

The striker explained the reason for not jumping at the prospect of joining either club was because he believed that it would have been a sideways move, given the fact that he was already in the England squad and Villa were at the right end of the table.

Under Martin O’Neil, the Villains managed to finish in sixth place with Agbonlahor seeing out the rest of his career at Villa Park without winning a piece of competitive silverware.

Spurs striker Harry Kane is in a similar position of having not won a trophy, but Agbonlahor claims that the England captain’s situation is different given the fact that he could play for any club in the world.

Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: “During my career, there was a time I could have gone to Spurs or Arsenal, but at that time, they were on the same level as Aston Villa.

“I wouldn’t have left to go sideways anywhere when I was getting into the England squads with Aston Villa and we were pushing for the top four.

“So as bad as it sounds, no one that was better than Villa at the time wanted me. So I didn’t get that test.

“But it’s a totally different scenario for Harry Kane. He’s one of the best strikers in the world at the moment.

“He could go to any club he wanted to. I don’t think anyone would turn down having Harry Kane.”

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