David Moyes says he tried and failed to sign three household names while he was Manchester United boss.
The Scot was chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson to be his successor at Old Trafford back in 2013, and left Everton to join United after 11 years in charge.
But after Ferguson's trophy-laden 27-year tenure came to an end, Moyes was to fail to last a full season in charge of the Red Devils, and he was dismissed shortly before the end of the 2013/14 season.
Now in charge of West Ham, Moyes was asked by beIN SPORTS' Richard Keys and Andy Gray to recall some of the transfer near misses he had during his career.
“One of them would be Michael Essien, that was actually to bring him to Everton," he said.
“Toni Kroos would certainly be the one [to Manchester United ].
“At that time we [Manchester United] were very much after Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas but I’ve got to say prior to that, at Everton, we were really close to close to a lot of good players. We just couldn’t quite get them over the line on several occasions."
With football still currently suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic, Moyes was also pressed on how long he felt it would take to get the players back up to speed for when the game returns.
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