Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted he wanted to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling during his reign at Everton.
Moyes' side will come up against Kiessling tonight as the Premier League champions face Bayer Leverkusen in their opening game of their Champions League campaign.
The 29-year-old scored 26 goals in 40 appearances last season and finished top of last season's Bundesliga goalscoring chart.
Kiessling will go into the game in fine form after the German international scored two crucial goals against Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Moyes, speaking to Sport Bild, said of Kiessling's ability: "In all the years I was at Everton, I followed him all the time.
"But the money was sadly lacking.
"I have great respect for him. He is a great player who is strong with his head and his feet."
The former Everton boss will be hoping he can get his Manchester United Champions League debut off to a good start against Leverkusen on Tuesday night.
Moyes is expected to make changes to the side that defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday with the Scotsman likely to have one eye on United's Premier League encounter against arch-rivals Manchester City on Sunday.