David Moyes reveals he had a HELICOPTER ready to sign Gareth Bale in 2013… only for the Welshman to snub Manchester United and join Real Madrid instead
- David Moyes revealed he tried to sign Gareth Bale for Manchester United in 2013
- Scot had helicopter ready to secure his services before he joined Real Madrid
- Bale is set to face Moyes again for his second Tottenham debut vs West Ham
Both parties have gone in different directions since but could face each other again on Saturday as Bale gets set to make his second Tottenham debut against West Ham.
Moyes, now at the London Stadium, succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United but was sacked after just seventh months in the job.
David Moyes revealed he tried to sign Gareth Bale before he joined Real Madrid in 2013
The now-West Ham boss revealed he had a helicopter ready to complete deal for Welshman
But things could have been different if the Scot had secured Bale, who he wanted as his first summer signing at the time.
Bale was one of the hottest properties in football after starring for Spurs in the 2012-13 season, eventually joining Madrid for a then-world record £85m.
‘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’, revealed Moyes.
‘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 was appointed United manager in 2013 but was sacked after seven months in charge
‘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.’
Bale secured a sensation loan return to north London this summer after falling out of favour at Madrid but is yet to feature for Spurs as he steps up his fitness.
Now-manager Jose Mourinho revealed he could finally unleash Bale and will likely start on the right alongside Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son in attack.
Moyes will be back in the West Ham dugout for the clash after recovering from Covid-19 which saw him miss wins against Wolves and Leicester.
Bale is in line to make his second debut for Tottenham after completing his fitness programme