David Moyes admitted he tried to sign the Welsh star while he was a manager at Manchester United.
David Moyes revealed he tried to hijack then world-record move when Bale joined Real Madrid back in 2013.
The former Manchester United manager took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 and identified Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale as priority signings.
But eventually, the Welshman chose to join Real Madrid and Moyes had to settle an eleventh-hour deadline day deal for Marouane Fellaini, instead. Sounds awful, doesn’t it?
“Gareth Bale was probably the first name I thought of when I got the [United] job,” Moyes said.
“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 of lot of other brilliant ones in between.
“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. 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. 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.”