Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has denied pinching Eidur Gudjohnsen from under the nose of West Ham.
The 31-year-old forward's move to White Hart Lane was confirmed on Friday, despite the Iceland international having had a medical with the Hammers earlier in the week.
Gudjohnsen moves to North London on loan from Monaco until the end of the season, making him the fifth striker in Spurs' first-team squad alongside Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko.
But Redknapp insists he put no pressure on the former Bolton, Chelsea and Barcelona star when he was considering his next step.
"He's joined us and he's a player we've always admired," he said. "He's a player we have been chasing for a couple of weeks.
"West Ham came in but before the takeover we were hot on the trail of Eidur and had contact with his people.
"He can play several positions. He's a fantastic footballer, a clever footballer."
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has already expressed his disappointment at how Spurs handled themselves in the transfer market, although Redknapp denies any wrongdoing.
He added: "It was his decision. I rang him. I left a message saying 'Eidur, if you are down the road with West Ham, (manager, Gianfranco) Zola and (assistant) Steve Clarke are friends of yours. Don't fall out with them.' I get on great with David Sullivan and I don't want any hassle with him either.
"But he (Eidur) came back and said 'It's my choice. I want to come to Tottenham.'
"He can play several positions. He had a great spell in midfield with Chelsea.
"He gives you options with your system. You don't play at Barcelona and in the
Champions League unless you are a top player."