Dzagoev, who is due to face Spurs in their final Champions League group game at Wembley on Wednesday, was linked with a move to White Hart Lane after impressing at the 2012 European Championship.
A firm offer, though, never materialised, and Dzagoev remained at Arena CSKA, where he arrived as a teenager from Krylia Sovetov.
“People asked me: ‘Do you want to join Spurs?’ And yes, I really wanted to,” Dzagoev told the Daily Mail.
“I was ready to play in England, ready to move. But CSKA didn’t receive a firm offer.
“I like English Premier League. So to play for a serious English club would be great for me. I don’t remember interest from other English clubs. Except Chelsea.”
Now 26, Dzagoev finally has the chance to show Tottenham what they are missing if selected at the national stadium, having missed the Londoners’ Moscow visit through injury.
The Russia star may have another incentive, however, with the Daily Mail also reporting renewed interest in his services from Premier League clubs including Everton and West Ham United.
Spurs though, are unlikely to be interested themselves, having added Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko to an already strong central midfield armoury.