Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas claims he was offered the chance to sign Lazio striker Miroslav Klose
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: September 19, 2012 8:57am
Miroslav Klose: Was linked with a move to Spurs over the summer
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he was offered the chance to sign Lazio striker Miroslav Klose by various agents but insists there was never any serious discussion over a deal.
Veteran Germany international Klose claimed earlier this month that Spurs tried to sign him in the summer transfer window but he turned them down in favour of staying at Lazio.
However, while an admirer of the 34-year-old, Villas-Boas says he is happy with his current attacking options of Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey.
He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "The player had been offered to us by the usual round of agents, but there was never any real negotiation.
"Klose is an important player, but I have very good strikers. With Defoe, Adebayor and Dempsey I can feel comfortable."
Klose is likely to line up against Spurs when they take on Lazio in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night at White Hart Lane.
Villas-Boas is predicting a tough encounter and is expecting the likes of Cristian Daniel Ledesma and Hernanes to cause problems for his side.
"With Lazio it will be a difficult match," he added.
"The Italian league is one of the toughest in the world and those at the top of it need to be addressed with the utmost concentration.
"They have important players such as Ledesma, who is one of my favourite players.
"Then there's Hernanes. I expected him to find a top club (in the summer) and instead Lazio have done well to keep him."
Villas-Boas admits he is not familiar with Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic but admires the work he has done at the club, adding: "To be honest, I didn't know him. (But) congratulations, he is marching very well."
The Spurs boss insists his side are taking the Europa League seriously and believes they can lift the trophy this season.
He added: "Tottenham will face the Europa League with the spirit to get away and maybe to win it.
"The Europa League is not a minor cup, it is the entrance to the Champions League and it deserves the utmost respect."