Frank Arnesen revealed that the Spurs-factor once cost of him the chance of signing summer recruit Teemu Tainio for his former club PSV Eindhoven.
The Sporting Director has tracked the Finland international since spotting him as a 16-year-old, but a combination of national service and the calling of Auxerre initially denied him the services of the now 25-year-old.
"It's a very nice story," reported Frank following the announcement of Tainio's summer arrival. "When he was 16 years old he was one of the biggest talents in Finland and I had the pleasure of having him over to train with PSV Eindhoven.
"I was working very hard to sign him for PSV but, finally, he elected to stay at home and do his national service, which he had to do before the age of 28. His father made this wise decision and he did his service before leaving.
"In the meantime, Auxerre joined the race for his services and took him. So I have followed him since then and PSV played Auxerre twice in three years in the Champions League and he did very well."
Frank went on to explain that it might be something of a playground attraction that finally led to him getting his man.
"One thing that has maybe pushed him in the direction of us - as there has been a lot of clubs desperate to sign him - is that when he was a kid playing in Finland, all his mates supported Liverpool, but he was for Tottenham. I knew this before from talking to him.
"I can tell you, about one year ago I again asked him to join us at PSV Eindhoven. He said no, he wanted to play in a big league and hopefully for Tottenham. When I came here in the summer I had him on my list as one of the midfield players I wanted to sign.
"I am very happy with the signing, he is a midfield player who can play in all the positions. He is quick, two-footed and, besides his quality as a football player, he has a very, very good mentality and I look forward to welcoming him in the summer.
"I'm sure he will do very well for us."