A speedy winger, who looked like he could be a useful addition to the Spurs squad, but international red tape thwarted Tottenham's singing of Qu Bo, who liked to be known as Kevin, as his English name.
Possessing great pace and a decent final ball, Qu played a few pre-season games in a month for Spurs in 2002, including a fine performance at Crystal Palace in a testimonial. While Tottenham were keen to bring the Chinese winger to England, but despite having played all three of China's games in that summer's World Cup, the Home Office deemed that Kevin had not played 75% of his country's internationals in the last two years, but as he was only 19, it was hardly surprising, as he had just broken through.
A rumour that the deal would have been worth £2 million to Qingdao Yizhong, the real story was that he would have joined on a year long loan, with a view to a permanent deal following that.
The deal almost let in Blackburn Rovers, who were keen on Qu, but they experienced the same problems to even get him over for a trial and the winger returned to China.
He first came to prominence in the Under-20 World Cup in Argentina, where he scored against the USA to get China through to the second round and then scored a stunning strike to equalise against hosts Argentina, before losing out 2-1. his performances fast-tracked him to the senior China side and his inclusion in the World Cup group side before his trial at Spurs.
Unfortunately, on his return to China, he suffered with Thyrotoxicosis and then, when fit again, broke both legs in an Olympic Games qualifying game in 2004. It took him until 2006 to regain his fitness, and scored regularly for his club Qingdao Jonoon, which brought him back into the national side during 2007.