Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed that previous interest in Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata was ended by fear of competition from Harry Kane.
The Spanish striker recently joined the Blues from Real Madrid, but could have signed for Spurs if they didn’t already have a forward scoring more than 20 goals a season.
"Morata talked about myself in the media," Pochettino is quoted as saying.
"He said: 'Mauricio called me'. That was from the beginning, two years ago or more. He said to me: 'Why do you want me if you have Harry Kane?'
"You know, if you go to try to sign a striker, they will say: 'Eh gaffer, you want me for what? To be on the bench?'
"Because it's Harry Kane, I can't compete with Harry Kane or Hugo Lloris or different players."
Kane has been the top scorer in the last two Premier League campaigns, while Spurs have yet to add to their squad this transfer window after a runners-up finish last season.