Alan Hutton has revealed that he turned down Spurs ‘three or four times’ and even turned down a private plane supplied by Daniel Levy before joining for £9 million from Rangers in 2008.
Hutton, a lifelong Gers supporter, was the subject of a then-club-record proposal from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, but the former Scotland international was hesitant to leave Ibrox.
Hutton has now revealed his attempts to dig his heels in and stay in Scotland before eventually migrating south of the line to join the north Londoners.
‘Eventually, I met with [former Rangers chairman] David Murray in Edinburgh, and he basically told me, “Look, you have to go.” I reconsidered and concluded that, in the long run, it was probably best for everyone — but it was difficult.’
Hutton, who spent three years at White Hart Lane, credited the club for resolutely pursuing him, admitting they could have abandoned their move for him.
Source: Daily Mail