Michael Essien
Michael Essien

Former Manchester United boss, David Moyes, has named Ghana international, Michael Essien as one of his biggest transfer regrets.

Moyes, who is currently in charge of West Ham United, followed the former Chelsea midfielder he was playing in Ligue 1 with Bastia and Lyon.

However, Moyes failed to sign Essien during his days at Everton 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.”

Essien spent nine years at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Uefa Champions League trophy during his spell in England, before moving to AC Milan.

Essien currently plays for Azerbaijan Premier League outfit Sabail where he has played 10 league matches this campaign.