Jamie Redknapp has revealed Tottenham did consider signing Real Madrid legend Raul before he joined Schalke last summer.
In his column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp wrote: "Tottenham were among the other clubs who were contacted when he was released by Real Madrid.
"I suspect, like Harry Redknapp, Sir Alex Ferguson thought he could not have the same impact away from his 'home' at Madrid with the demands of the English league. And at 33, even on a free, the wages would have been excessive.
"For my dad, it didn't go any further than an approach from agents, who were hawking him around.
"Raul hadn't been playing regularly for Real Madrid and it was too much of a gamble. Nothing came of it and he went to Schalke, which was an unusual choice of club for him."