Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted that the Red Devils made a move for Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur before he signed for Real Madrid in 2013.
The Wales international became the most-expensive player in the world at the time when he swapped Spurs for the Spanish capital.
Since then, former Tottenham man Bale has gone on to win four Champions League titles with Madrid, while United have been in a state of flux since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Moyes was selected as his compatriot’s successor at Old Trafford, but endured a tough time in the Manchester hotseat before being shown the door.
Opening up on his time with United, the Scottish manager admitted that landing Bale from Tottenham was one of the transfer priorities – but it just did not happen.
“By the time we got to the end of the transfer window, we always thought we had a chance of getting Gareth Bale,” Moyes told beIN SPORTS, as reported by Sky Sports.
“We hoped we could talk him out of going to Real Madrid because it was already half done.
“We had offered more money, we tried to entice him. We did [have a helicopter ready] and we tried.”
United have improved this season since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho and the club are expected to spend big in the summer to bolster the playing squad.
Landing someone like Bale ahead of next season would certainly be a statement signing, but it remains to be seen if United can entice the Welshman second time around.