Ferguson: Bale did NOT turn down Man Utd

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson still rues missing out on Tottenham star Gareth Bale.
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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson still rues missing out on Tottenham star Gareth Bale.

Southampton rejected United’s attempt to sign him – and a few weeks later Tottenham hit the jackpot with an initial £5million payment back in 2007.

Ferguson said: “We tried to buy him at Southampton but they turned us down. It happens. You don’t get them all.

“As I have said before, we would have loved to have got Paul Gascoigne but we didn’t. We got Paul Ince and he was a great player.

“But these things happen. It wasn’t the boy. It was the club that turned us down – a few weeks later he signed for Tottenham.”

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