Manchester United made a stunning £100m bid for Gareth Bale in a last ditch attempt to hijack his move to Real Madrid, reports the Daily Mirror.
The transfer of the former Tottenham winger to Real Madrid was the longest drawn out transfer saga of the summer and was finally completed the day before the transfer deadline in a world record £86m deal.
However, the deal taking Bale to the Bernabeu was nearly called off after David Moyes made a staggering £100m bid in an attempt to bring the Welsh international to Old Trafford.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that Bale even flew home from Spain in order to hold talks with the Premier League champions, who were looking for a marquee signing to kick-off the Moyes era.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had confirmed that their bid for Bale was sped up after they found out another club had bid for him.
Perez told reporters: “Tottenham did not want to sell and we respected that.
“Then, when we found out that Manchester United would be making an offer, we made our own.
“Since his childhood he had the dream of playing for Real Madrid and he asked us to make it possible for him to come."
The failed bid represents another blow for United after a botched transfer window saw them fail in bids for Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera.
They eventually signed Marouane Fellaini on deadline day for £27.5m but such a signing has done little to appease fans after a bumpy start to Moyes' reign at Old Trafford.