Olivier Giroud has reiterated his disappointment at missing out on a move to Inter Milan, but he could have joined a different Premier League club instead.
The striker is in the final few months of his contract with Chelsea, whom he joined from Arsenal in 2018 – and he could have made it three London-based teams in a row in January.
Giroud eventually missed out on a move away, although he has since gone public about the options he had, including the chance to join Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs were in the market for a striker in the winter due to an injury suffered by Harry Kane, but they were only able to bring in winger Steven Bergwijn.
Giroud has now confirmed that he was indeed an option for Tottenham, but his preference lied elsewhere due to contact with a manager.
“I saw six complicated months ahead of me. That’s why I had the desire to change scenery.
“I tried to leave in January. It was all done, but in the end Chelsea didn’t want to let me go.
“I could only leave on the condition they found a replacement. I still hoped to leave on January 31.
“Everyone knows that Inter’s sporting project was the most interesting for me. Them aside, Lazio and Tottenham also looked at me.
“At one point, it was a question of where I wanted to play. I talked to Conte on the phone, he’s known me from when he took me to Chelsea: that was an advantage for me.
“In addition, Inter play in the Champions League. They’re a great club. Lazio, for their part, tried absolutely everything, even coming to London to try something, but the deal was blocked.
“I also talked on the phone to Lyon’s President, who expressed an interest in me, but I told him that my priority was going to Inter.”
The Frenchman is not expected to extend his deal with Chelsea as he looks for more playing time elsewhere, and one of the suitors he mentioned could be back in for him in the summer.