MYHRE EXPLAINS SPURS SNUB
By Thor Egil Skaug
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Norwegian international admitted he is afraid of being left on the bench at White Hart Lane, behind regular number one Neil Sullivan, so the attractive prospect of doubling his salary was rebuffed.
"My decision is based completely on football," he said.
"I need to go to a club where I am assured of first team football.
"I had a long and positive talk with Glenn Hoddle, who told me I would compete with Neil Sullivan on fair terms, but I can't take the chance and become their second choice keeper.
"Sullivan had a great season, and would have been the starting keeper come the first game of the season," the Toffeeman told Sporten.
Myhre is subsequently still left in limbo as he desperately seeks a move away from Goodison, while Walter Smith is rumoured to be waiting for the keeper to leave before following up his interest in Coventry's Magnus Hedman.
"Anything is better than at Everton, where I am in complete deadlock," he added.
"I would love a move to London if I had a good chance of becoming first choice.
"But, after speaking to Erik Thorstvedt, Nils Johan Semb, my girlfriend and my family, I am taking a gamble and waiting for another club.
"It is important for me to play for Norway. The way the situation is at Everton, Norway is my only chance to prove myself at the moment."
The 27-year-old admits turning down a club of Spurs' stature was not an easy decision to make, although he did fear some people would feel he was moving for money, rather than ambition.
"I have one year left on my contract with Everton," he concluded. "By the start of next year, I am free to sign a pre-contract with another club.
"At the moment, I am excited about what the future will bring.
"I might have to stay here for another season, or I might find a new club soon.
"Everything was positive about Spurs' offer. I just hope I made the right decision."