Cape Town - Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed
the Red Devils had deals lined up for Gareth Bale, Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos
when he was still at the club.
David Moyes says Manchester United were so confident they
could sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham that they had a helicopter on standby.
Moyes was appointed United manager on a six-year contract
that will expire this off-season, about five years after he was sacked.
His reign lasted just ten forgettable and regrettable
months, with Marouane Fellaini his only first-team signing.
The Belgian was intended 'to be part of a group' of new
players, which Moyes says almost included Bale.
The forward became the most expensive player in history when
he joined Real Madrid in September 2013, but Moyes says United attempted to
hijack the move.
"Marouane Fellaini was to be part of a group of players
who would come in, and by the time we got to the end of the transfer window we
always thought we had a chance of getting Gareth Bale.
"We hoped we could talk him out of going to Real Madrid
because it was already sort of half done. We had offered more money. We had
tried to entice him to come to Manchester United."
Asked whether United had prepared a helicopter in case they
agreed a deal to sign Gareth Bale, Moyes confirmed the rumour.
"We did. We did. We had it and we tried."
Moyes added: "Also, I've got to say Cesc Fabregas was
very close. I had spoken to him and hoped to bring him from Barcelona.
"But this is management, and actually, we all have lot
of hard luck stories, so I don't want to go back and say these are hard luck
"During the season I had met Toni Kroos and we agreed
that Toni Kroos would come to Manchester United before he went to Real Madrid.
But somewhere in there I lost my job and it meant that Toni chose to go