Udinese made a £13m offer or Giovani dos Santos this summer, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed.
"Gio wanted to move, but we couldn't let him go," said Redknapp.
"We had a £13m offer from Udinese with £10m down and the rest in do-able bonuses with a big sell-on, but he wouldn't go.
"He wanted to go to Sevilla who were offering around £3m. You can't blame the chairman for not letting him go."
The Italian outfit targeted the Mexican, 22, as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez following his move to Barcelona in the summer.
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