Andros Townsend sent his stock shooting up with a superb display for England on Friday, and is close to a new contract with Tottenham, but the Mail claims his career almost took a rather different route.
In a piece penned by Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel, it is claimed Townsend and Tottenham "have shaken hands on an improved deal worth £15,000 a week."
However, Ashton and Mokbel go on to state in their "exclusive" article that Townsend was almost bombed out of Tottenham for £500,000.
The piece states:
Sportsmail can reveal that Tottenham were close to selling the winger to Millwall in 2011 after a successful loan spell.
They considered selling the ‘fringe player’ for £500,000 and Townsend was told he could decide whether to go or stay and fight for his place.
After a talking with his father Troy and his advisers, he decided to stay.
The rest, as the saying goes, is history as Townsend has not looked back.
He impressed in preseason, and his dazzling, direct style has made him a mainstay of Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas' plans, along with those of England boss Roy Hodgson.