Joleon Lescott has told Sky Sports that David Moyes declined a swap deal involving Leighton Baines and Gareth Bale back in 2008, when he was in charge of Everton.
The ex-Manchester City centre-back said: ‘Coming in after the game Bainesy, who I was really close with, we were talking and Harry Redknapp wanted to swap them.
‘He pulled Baines to one side, had a conversation with him, so I asked ‘What was going on there? He said they were interested in doing a swap for Bale. One of the main reasons that didn’t happen was because Bale’s record was so bad and David Moyes didn’t want to swap.’
Famously, Bale had to wait roughly two years for his first Premier League win after joining Tottenham from Southampton.
However, it seems silly to put that record purely down to the Welshman, and Moyes may have made one of the biggest transfer blunders in Premier League history by rejecting the four-time Champions League winger.
Since finding his feet in a Spurs shirt, Bale has smashed the world-record transfer fee when securing his £85.3 million move to Real Madrid in 2013.
The forward also scored a bicycle-kick in a Champions League final against Liverpool, before returning to Tottenham back in the summer.
In Baines’ case, he enjoyed a fine career at Goodison Park after the Toffees signed him from Wigan for £6 million back in 2007.
The Kirkby-born full-back made 420 appearances for Everton, scoring 39 goals and recording 67 assists.
History would look a lot different if Bale had ended up at Everton and the former England left-back went to Tottenham – Moyes must be kicking himself, as good a servant as Baines was to the Merseysiders.