West Ham boss David Moyes has opened up on how he was monitoring Edinson Cavani “closely” during his tenure at Manchester United.
Cavani had long been linked with a move to Old Trafford before he joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last summer.
The Uruguayan has been one of the most prolific forwards in Europe over the last decade and burst onto the scene by scoring 104 goals during three seasons with Napoli.
Cavani’s performances in Serie A caught the attention of a number of clubs – and Moyes confirmed he held talks with the player’s representatives after he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as United boss in 2013.
Quizzed on his alleged interest in Cavani while in the Old Trafford hot seat, Moyes told reporters: “That’s true. We were watching Cavani closely at the time.
“I’d been out to watch a few players. We were watching Lucas Moura at the time as well. I remember at the time speaking to the representatives of Cavani.
“The problem I had was I had Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito [Javier Hernandez], who were already in that position, and several other up-and-coming players.
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“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 join PSG in the summer of 2013 for £58million and scored 200 goals in 301 games for the Ligue 1 giants.
The 33-year-old is expected to feature against West Ham as United travel to the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
Cavani came off the bench at half-time to score two goals and assist the other as the Red Devils secured a sensational 3-2 comeback victory at Southampton last weekend.
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