Talking about Dimitar Berbatov’s move to Old Trafford in 2008, he said: “Daniel Levy, chairman of Tottenham, nailed us to the flagpole in 2008 when he took us all the way to the last day of the transfer window before agreeing terms for Dimitar Berbatov, Tottenham’s talented Bulgarian striker in whom we had long had an interest.
“When we got wind of the fact Levy was trying to sell Berbatov to Manchester City, we stuck in our oar, chartered a plane and flew the player to Manchester, agreeing on terms with the player and, as I thought, a transfer fee with the club.
“Then Levy came back to us and said he needed Frazier Campbell, one of our young strikers, as part of the deal.
“[Chief executive] David Gill demurred, so Levy then upped Berbatov’s transfer fee a little.
“Finally, in order to get the deal over the line, and to add insult to injury, we sent Campbell on loan to White Hart Lane and paid the increased fee.
“We were up until midnight signing and faxing papers to make sure all the paperwork went through before the deadline expired.
“That whole experience was more painful than my hip replacement.”
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