David Moyes has admitted he tried to make Real Madrid star Gareth Bale his first signing as Manchester United manager.
Moyes endured an ill-fated spell at Old Trafford having replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, and the former West Ham and Everton boss has revealed he wanted to sign Wales international Bale from Tottenham as his first signing.
Bale would eventually sign for Real Madrid for a then world-record £85.3m that summer, going on to win four European Cups in just five seasons with the Spanish giants.
‘I wanted him to be my first signing at Manchester United,’ Moyes told eirSport.
‘We came close, spoke to him, but he had his heart set on Real Madrid and we couldn’t talk him out of it.’
‘It was a real disappointment because I saw him as a Manchester United type player.
‘He carries himself well, I think he’s a terrific player. He can play wide, we can play as a striker now that he’s developed that.
‘I just think all round he’s a terrific athlete and a brilliant footballer so I think that he would have fitted what we wanted but I couldn’t talk him out of it.’
"I wanted him to be my first signing at Manchester United, we came close"
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