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Zenit striker Dzyuba: I had to reject Spurs in January; there was also Crystal Palace

Zenit St Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba has explained turning down Tottenham.

The veteran centre-forward is a favourite of Spurs boss Jose Mourinho and was offered the chance to replace Harry Kane in January after the England captain broke down with injury.

"In the winter I got a call from Tottenham," he told Championat.com.

"There was a very tempting loan offer until the summer, for 3-4 months. It seemed attractive to me. Why not try it? Kane broke down and it really was a chance.

"I was culturally told that this is impossible. 'Focus on Zenith,' I heard."

Dzyuba added: "Specifically, another option was discussed with Crystal Palace. But I don't know all the details."

The Russian also had offers last year from England.

"I didn't give up Cardiff . There was no such thing that I was asked: 'Will you go there or not?' and I said no. There was talk about a choice of three clubs. I was told that West Ham coach (Manuel) Pellegrini was personally interested in my services.

"So I ended up saying, 'If I choose between West Ham and Cardiff, I'm certainly for West Ham'."

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