Manchester United were willing to sign Emmanuel Adebayor in order to sweeten a deal for Gareth Bale last summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The 30-year-old was isolated by Andre Villas Boas at the time, and with David Moyes keen to pip Real Madrid to Bale, could of moved to Old Trafford to help the English giants push through a world record deal for the Welsh winger.
Bale ultimately sealed a move to the Spanish capital, but continues to be linked with a return to the Premier League with the Champions League holders keen to snare Marco Reus as his replacement.
Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson fuelled with the belief that he would sign either Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo, only for Marouane Fellaini to be the sole summer signing of the Scot's miserable tenure.
Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona was another option being touted, but with Chief Executive Ed Woodward also adjusting to his new role they were unable to bring in a marquee name that the fans had been craving.
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Ronaldo ultimately used interest from his former club as a way to negotiate an improved contract with Madrid, with the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson another reason why he did not make a sensational return to the Red Devils.
Despite Daniel Levy's reluctance to sell his prized asset to another Premier League side after previously negotiating with Ferguson for Dimitar Berbatov back in 2008, he was reportedly willing to sell Bale to the highest-bidder.
However even though United gazumped Madrid's offer for the Welshman with a bid in the excess of £125million, he had his heart set on a move to the Spanish capital and politely declined Moyes' offer instead.
Adebayor would have been included as part of a deal, with Villas Boas keen to offload him at the time, but the Togo international ultimately remained at White Hart Lane and topped their scoring charts once Tim Sherwood occupied the helm.