Alan Shearer came so close to joining Manchester United that his wife had already chosen which house they were going to buy once the move was confirmed, the Newcastle United legend has confirmed.
Shearer had inspired Blackburn Rovers to an unlikely Premier League triumph in the 1994,95 season, scoring 34 goals in 42 games. The season after was not as successful for Blackburn, but Shearer still managed to bag 31 goals in 35 games and a second consecutive golden boot.
Going into the summer, the former England captain was set to break the transfer record as Blackburn put him on the market for £15 million. He would leave Ewood Park with 112 goals in just 138 league games and that phenomenal record was tipped to continue at Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson wanted the then-only player to hit over 100 Premier League goals and was prepared to smash the world record to bring him to Old Trafford. He eventually signed for Newcastle United, scoring 148 league goals in 303 appearances but famously never won a major trophy.
In a new interview with FourFourTwo, Shearer has revealed just how close he came to completing his move to the Red Devils before Kevin Keegan came calling with an offer for him to return to his boyhood club.
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Shearer said: "Manchester United was the probable move. My wife and I had even picked out a house.
"I then got a call from Kevin Keegan and we set up a meeting at David Platt's mother-in-law's house in Cheshire. On that same day, in that same house, I would also meet Fergie.
"Fergie came in and the first thing he said was, 'Am I first or has Keegan got to you?' I told him I had already spoken with Keegan and he said, 'That's me f***ed then.'
Move was still on
"He was wrong. I still felt I was going to Old Trafford. Then I got another call from Kevin asking to see me one more time.
"I thought 'why not?' because it was lingering there, this idea that it would be a dream to play for my club, for Newcastle. I went to meet Keegan again, I looked at my missus and said, 'It's time to go back home.'"