Italian website Tutto Mercato Web has interviewed former Genoa football director Stefano Capozucca.

In most of the chat, the official talked about his history with Diego Milito, who’s been his best signing for the Serie A club.

And it turns out he also revealed the striker could’ve moved to the Premier League. That happened in 2008, when Tottenham Hotspur were interested in him.

Milito had been playing for Real Zaragoza in Spain, and was agreeing his return to Genoa. That’s when, according to Capozucca, Spurs tried to sign him.

“To return to Genoa he refused Tottenham, with us he made an extraordinary championship and landed at Inter,” Capozucca told Tutto Mercato Web. “A particular purchase, but he was the most important player I have ever had.”

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Tottenham Hotspur ended up spending a great deal of money on strikers in that season.

They first splashed out £16m to sign Roman Pavlyuchenko from Spartak Moscow in the summer. Then in January, they also signed Robbie Keane in a £15m deal from Liverpool and Jermain Defoe for £15m more from Portsmouth.

Milito signed for Genoa in a €13m deal, and following his great season, he was signed by Inter Milan in 2009 for €26m. It was in his first season for the Nerazzurri that he became a club legend, scoring their two goals in the 2-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.