Tottenham were willing to make Sevilla coach Juande Ramos the highest paid manager in the Premiership, it has been revealed.
The deal was put to the Sevilla coach during a second meeting after he had rejected their initial approach.
Ramos described the first contract, believed to be worth in the region of £3m-a-season, as 'dizzying', the second was double yet the 53-year-old Spaniard still said no.
Ramos refused to sign the pre-contract agreement that would have seen him takeover at Tottenham next summer because he still believes a bigger club than Spurs will want him as their boss next season.
Chairman Daniel Levy's decision to eclipse the £5.2m-a-year paid to Jose Mourinho when he was at Stamford Bridge is a sign of the ambition being shown by the Tottenham board.