Former Manchester United chief David Gill says the situation surrounding Dimitar Berbatov’s £30million move to Old Trafford in 2009 highlighted the flaws in Daniel Levy’s approach to the transfer market.
Gill, a Football Association board-member, says the Spurs chairman let the deal drag on through almost the entire window, despite the Manchester club placing a bid in early June.
“I don’t know (why Spurs do it so late). It is very difficult,” Gill told Manchester Evening News.
“With Tottenham, I’m not speaking out of turn, and Daniel Levy, he would like to do that.”
Gill continued to say: “In 2008, when we won the Champions League, we decided that we couldn’t rely on Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo to score all the goals so went for another forward and that was Berbatov.
“I spoke to Daniel Levy in June that year, made an offer, and it went on for the whole summer. It was a nightmare.”
Levy, who is currently in the process of delivering a new stadium to the North London side, has been known to keep deals going beyond their necessity, and Gill says this prevented him from finding an effective replacement for the Bulgarian striker.
Gill said: “In the end I felt it affected Spurs because we did the deal in the end, at midnight on deadline day, so Tottenham couldn’t get a replacement in. The way the deal got done was that Daniel needed a striker and asked about Fraizer Campbell.
“So Alex (Ferguson) had to phone up Fraizer and say ‘by the way Fraizer, do me a favour, you’re going to Tottenham now’. And that’s how it happened.”
Levy’s Tottenham face FK Qarabag in the return of the UEFA Europa League this evening at White Hart Lane.