Manchester United missed out on the world-record signing of now-Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale because they refused to take on Tottenham reject Emmanuel Adebayor as part of the deal, according to the Daily Star.
The newspaper is sensationally claiming that Bale, who was linked with United before making a stunning £85million to Madrid this summer, could well have ended up at Old Trafford had David Moyes made different decisions.
Rumours were rife following the Welshman's switch to Los Blancos that the Red Devils had attempted to hi-jack the deal with a late offer of their own and now, if reports are to be believed, United did in fact hold talks with Spurs and had agreed that they would pay £100million for his services.
However Tottenham are said to have been keen to offload unwanted striker Emmanuel Adebayor as part of any deal that was completed, which provided the first major stumbling block in negotiations- with Moyes not prepared to meet the former Arsenal man's wage-demands of around £140,000.
And according to the Daily Star it was this hesitance that led to Bale making up his mind that he wanted to move to the Bernabeu.
United then pulled out of the race completely as they were afraid to lose out on another high-profile target in the wake of the Cesc Fabregas public rejection they had already received.