Manchester United boss admits he missed out on transfer target

Bayer Leverkusen forward Stefan Kiessling

Manchester United boss David Moyes admits he tried to sign Bayern Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling while in charge of Everton, reports the Daily Express.

The forward featured against Moyes’s United side during Leverkusen’s 4-2 defeat at Old Trafford last night, after Moyes admitted he was an admirer of the 29-year-old.

Kiessing has regularly contributed goals to the Bundesliga giants during a seven year stint, although things may have been different had Moyes had the funds to pull off a deal during his time at Goodison Park.

“In all the years I was at Everton, I followed him all the time,” Moyes toldĀ Bild.

“But the money was sadly lacking.

“I have great respect for him. He is a great player who is strong with his head and his feet.”

Kiessling was on the pitch for 78 minutes of last night’s 4-2 defeat, a game in which Wayne Rooney grabbed the headlines with two goals and an outstanding performance.

His display drew words of encouragement from Moyes, who was delighted with a win on his Champions League debut.

“Wayne Rooney could join the real greats with his goal-scoring,” he added.

“If he keeps playing like he did he will get there. He was very, very good.

“He looks like he is moving as well as he has done. He is in a good place himself at the moment and obviously any centre-forward who is scoring goals feels good about himself.”

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