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David Moyes admits he tried to sign Tottenham winger Gareth Bale when at Manchester United

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David Moyes admits he tried to sign Tottenham winger Gareth Bale when at Manchester United

West Ham manager David Moyes has openly admitted that he tried to sign Tottenham superstar, Gareth Bale, while he was manager of Manchester United.

Speaking to Goal, Moyes admits he tried to ‘hijack’ the deal which saw Bale leave north London for Real Madrid back in 2013.

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The Welsh winger has since gone on to win four Champions League titles in the Spanish capital, before completing a sensational return to Spurs this summer on a loan deal.

But Moyes admits things could have been different had he got his own way when at Old Trafford.

“Gareth Bale was probably the first name I thought of when I got the job. 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 tried to hijack it. I tried to get him. Manchester United offered more money than Real Madrid. They offered more money to the player. We did everything we could to try and get the player. We even had a helicopter at the training ground to take him and bring him back. We thought we had a chance.”


Moyes admits that Bale obviously made the right choice in signing for Madrid. But he must now prepare to potentially face the Welshman this weekend when he takes his West Ham side to north London.

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Bale has long been touted as a player Man United should sign and it would have been so different you’d imagine if Moyes had got him.

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Who knows, Moyes might have had more success at Old Trafford with Bale in the building, although we’ll never know and there was obviously deeper problems.

Overall though, it’s good to see Bale back. Moyes will be well aware of how good he can be and will need his Hammers team to be at their very best this weekend.

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