Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he turned down the chance to join Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 because of the club's "weird" way of conducting business. Aubameyang, 26, has become one of Europe's most prolific goal scorers this season, adding his 38th of the season as Dortmund cruised to a 3-0 win over Tottenham in the first-leg of their Europa League last 16 clash on Thursday (11 March).
His rise this season has reportedly seen him become Manchester United's No 1 target ahead if the summer transfer window, according to the Mirror, who claim a staggering £60m ($85m, €77m) is being prepared by the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Tottenham might have already signed the player had they made a better impression during negotiations four years ago while he was still at Saint-Etienne, however. "In the end everything became a bit weird, I didn't really like the way things were done," Aubameyang said of the talks with the north London club, the Daily Mail report. "If Spurs ever come back in for me, I'd say no."
Aubameyang played a pivotal role in Dortmund's comprehensive win over Tottenham on Thursday, opening the scoring with a precise header after half an hour after, rising above Ben Davies to plant Marcel Schmelzer's cross into the corner of the net.
Dortmund doubled their lead with substitute Neven Subotic nodding Gonzalo Castro's cross over to Marco Reus who lashed home from close range. Thomas Tuchel's sealed a dominant win in sublime fashion, with Aubameyang starting a fine flowing move and Reus finishing it with a half volley past Hugo Lloris with 20 minutes of the match remaining.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes to his side, resting a host of first-team players including Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele. Spurs sit five points off Premier League leaders Leicester City ahead of their trip to bottom club Aston Villa on Sunday (13 March).