DAVID MOYES has revealed he was close to making Gareth Bale his first Manchester United signing.
Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford hot seat in 2013 and wanted to make a statement by luring the forward from Tottenham.
Bale had already agreed to move to Real Madrid for £86million.
Moyes failed to persuade the Welshman to change his mind and ended up with Marouane Fellaini on deadline day, then Juan Mata in the January window.
He told eir Sport: “I wanted him (Bale) to be my first signing at Manchester United.
“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 and he 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 (moving to Madrid).”