David Moyes wanted Gareth Bale to be his first signing at Man United, revealing the player turned down more money to join Real Madrid.
Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as manager at Old Trafford in 2013 and believed the Tottenham flyer would be perfect for the club.
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“Gareth Bale was probably the first name I thought of when I got the job,” the current West Ham manager said.
“I thought Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player. He was the right type.
“United have a great history of wide players with George Best up to Ryan Giggs and a whole lot of other brilliant ones in between.
“I wanted Gareth Bale to be my first signing at Manchester United. But it was already down the road a bit with Real Madrid. I tried to hijack it. I tried to get him. Manchester United offered more money than Real Madrid. They offered more money to the player.”
Six years earlier Spurs had beaten United to the signing of Bale from Southampton and were determined to get their man at the second time of asking.
However, the player had his heart set on playing for Real Madrid, who paid Spurs a then world-record £85m fee for.
“We did everything we could to try and get the player,” Moyes added.
“We even had a helicopter at the training ground to take him and bring him back. We thought we had a chance. But he chose Real Madrid and he made a brilliant decision because he went on to win four Champions Leagues. He’s had a brilliant career.”