West Ham United manager David Moyes has named former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien as one of his biggest transfer regrets.
During his coaching stint at Everton, Moyes followed the 37-year-old midfield star when he was playing in Ligue 1 with Bastia and Lyon.
The Goodison Park outfit was unable to complete a move for him, with Essien joining Chelsea for a then club-record fee of £24.4 million in August 2005.
When quizzed about the players he regretted missing out on signing, Moyes named the two-time Premier League winner alongside Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas.
“One of them would be Michael Essien [to Everton],” he told beIN Sports.
“Toni Kroos would certainly be the one [to Manchester United].
“At that time we [Manchester United] were very much after Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas but I’ve got to say prior to that, at Everton, we were really close to a lot of good players.
“We just couldn’t quite get them over the line on several occasions.”
Source: News update