Joao Moutinho says he would have joined Tottenham had he not signed for the club “one minute past the deadline”.
Moutinho has long been linked with a move to north London, dating back to his time with Sporting Lisbon.
The midfielder joined Porto in 2010 and then Monaco three years later, before finally moving to the Premier League last summer.
The perennial Everton target was happy to complete his “mission” upon joining Wolves upon their Championship promotion.
“It’s been close before but it was my mission to play in the Premier League,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“I’ve had one or two opportunities in the past. The first was Everton, the second Spurs.”
Moutinho said he came within “one minute” of joining Tottenham.
“I am in the room but the next day I had a game in Portugal, it didn’t happen,” he said.
“It was one minute from happening… I had actually signed but it was one minute past the deadline.
“You carry on, you continue to do what you like and what I like to do is to play football.
“I feel very good now. I have fresh legs. I tell people who ask me if I’m old that I’m 32 but I feel I can play 10 more years.”