Transfer Tales: How United signed Sheringham

So how did Teddy’s move come about?

Well, the long and short of it was he was keen to leave Tottenham in order to win some medals, at the age of 31 – older than Cantona, of course, who was hanging up his boots.

Sheringham still felt he had plenty of years left, and was right, as he did not retire until in his forties. He was still representing England at 36!

The fact he had never relied on his pace meant Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle United were among a long list of early suitors but, despite the striker handing in an official transfer request, Spurs were seeking a fee of £6 million, which was proving prohibitive. Thankfully, the asking price dropped and, from nowhere, it triggered the Reds entering the race for his signature. A deal was done and it proved a fabulous piece of business by the club.


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