The former Tottenham manager told Sky Sports: “I met Eden Hazard in Paris, we had an hour chat.
“I loved him as a footballer, what a genius. He was up for coming to Tottenham."
Redknapp expressed his regret that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unable to get the deal done.
He said: “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I wasn't involved in transfer deals.
“All I'd do if I see a player, I'd tell Daniel and they do the deals. But it never got that far, they couldn't agree a fee so they didn't get him."