Moyes ‘wanted Bale and Ronaldo’

David Moyes claims he had targeted Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo at the beginning of his doomed Manchester United reign.

Moyes was sacked less than a season into succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at United in 2014, and the former Real Sociedad boss – now back in England at Sunderland – revealed he was keen to sign Bale, Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas, while being given hope of Ronaldo possibly returning.

“When I first went in to United my real target was Gareth Bale,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“I felt all along that Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player and I fought to get him [from Tottenham] right up until the last minute.

“We actually offered him a bigger deal than Real Madrid but Gareth had his mind made up on going to Madrid. He was, though, in my mind, the player I really wanted.

“The other one I came really close to getting was Cesc Fàbregas, who we thought we would get [from Barcelona] right up until the last minute.

“Sir Alex [Ferguson] had told me there was always a chance Ronaldo might come back from Real Madrid.

“Toni Kroos had agreed to come in the summer. I’d agreed it with Toni himself and his agent.

“It was a done deal, so that was the level I was targeting – but sometimes you don’t get deals done; the Cesc one was disappointing, it was very close.

“I don’t know if those signings would have made the difference but I would have hoped that, given time, I would have been working with a successful Manchester United team now.”

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