West Ham manager David Moyes has revealed that Edinson Cavani was on his list of transfer targets during his less than memorable spell at Manchester United back in 2013.
The Hammers boss famously followed in the footsteps of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but lasted just ten months in the biggest job in the country despite penning a six-year deal upon his arrival.
Moyes has slowly but surely started to rebuild his reputation, which was ruined by that spell at United, and has overseen a West Ham resurgence, one that has led the club to fifth place after 10 games of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
The Scot has now rewound time and recounted that Uruguayan striker Cavani could have been seen him a United shirt long before this season. He revealed that during his time in charge, the Red Devils had scouted him and even made contact with his representatives about a possible move to England.
“We were watching Cavani closely at the time,’ Moyes said, quoted by the Evening Standard. “The problem I had was I had Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito who were already in that position and several other up-and-coming players.
“But he was one player at the time, an incredibly talented player, which he proved over seven years at PSG. He’s looked a very talented player when coming on for Manchester United in the games I’ve seen.”
Cavani went on to play 254 times for PSG, and became a club legend after netting a whopping 168 goals. He eventually found his way to Old Trafford in October, and played a starring role as United fought back from two goals down to beat Southampton 3-2 at St Mary’s.
After leaving Old Trafford, Moyes tried his hand at management in Spain, taking over at Real Sociedad for a short spell. He then took charge of Sunderland, suffering relegation from the Premier League, and now finds himself in his second spell at the helm of West Ham – having previously worked a six-month contract in 2018.