Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has accused Spurs of tapping up Peter Crouch.
The Pompey chief is furious that they were forced to accept a Â£9million deal for the England striker, when Sunderland and Fulham offered over Â£10mllion.
Storrie said: “So far as I’m concerned, if I don’t have to do a deal with Tottenham I will be very happy about that.
“We were prepared to report Tottenham to the Premier League over the way it was being dealt with.
“The reality is we all know managers tap players up. It’s part of the game. It’s not right, it’s illegal and against Premier League rules, but we know it happens. Everyone does it.”
Storrie added: “Peter was very honest and open about it and said he wanted to go.
“We said you can do what you like with Fulham or Sunderland. He said he didn’t want to go there and he wanted to go to Tottenham.”
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