Date: 20th September 2009 at 10:31am
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Former Watford gaffer Aidy Boothroyd has sensationally revealed that the Hornets tried to sign £25m David Beckham on loan from Real Madrid to “help” their ill-fated 2006-2007 season in the Premier League…

…but eventually had to make do with the talents of er, Steve Kabba and Moses Ashikodi.

In a frank and revealing interview with the smashing lads at www.watfordlegends.com, Boothroyd admitted that he wanted to bring the world`s most famous footballer kicking and screaming from the Galactico at the Bernabeu for a spell at the delights Vicarage Road.

The Hornets even made waves to use the club`s most famous fan – Sir Elton John – to persuade celebrity chum Beckham to ditch the Real Madrid wilderness, under England coach Fabio Capello, to be Watford`s “big name signing”.

Boothroyd stated “I [also] tried to sign David Beckham. He was having a bad time at Real Madrid at the time so I got Elton to give him a call”.

The former Hornets gaffer insisted that the Hornets moved for Beckham AFTER “12 or 13 players had turned us down“… talk about aiming high!!!

And Aidy , who is now manager at Colchester United, added “I felt we needed a big name signing to try and help us attract others to sign – People were slightly reluctant to join us and I felt it would help”.

Sadly it was a case of ‘tempting by NO` for the former Manchester United and AC Milan man.

Clearly the attractions of the Harlequin Centre shopping, the town`s infamous indoor market or a night out at ‘Destiny` celebrity hang out wasn`t er, POSH enough for the Beckhams.

And, with his tongue firmly in cheeky, Boothroyd added “I can`t believe he turned it down!”.

The interview in full, where Aidy also reveals that he “got rid of Springy too early”, that Marlon King “is a very good person” and that “King`s replacement hasn`t done the business, can be found WATFORD LEGENDS here.