St James’ Park side look to pull off coup of the summer with move for want-away Old Trafford star.
Man United striker Wayne Rooney is apparently the subject of an audacious approach from Newcastle United according to the Metro.
This source states that a news site owned by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, SportsDirect News, claims that the 27 year old England man has been earmarked as a stunning summer transfer target and an ideal man to lead the Magpies attack.
Talks between Newcastle United representatives and Rooney’s agent are said to have already taken place and it should be noted that the North-East side did make a £25m offer for the attacker during his time at Everton and prior to his big money move to Old Trafford.
There is a chance that the story has been invented by SportsDirect News to generate traffic and interest in the site but one would imagine that the long term results of such a ‘fake’ claim would be do more harm than good.
Man United have confirmed that Rooney has made a transfer request and there is bound to be a great deal of interest in the club’s fourth highest goal-scorer of all-time, though it should be noted that Bayern Munich have denied reports that they are keen on the wantaway star.
Newcastle United have experienced a disappointing campaign this season, which is in marked contrast to last term’s efforts that so nearly yielded a Champions League berth.
Alan Pardew has brought in a number of new additions over the past two transfer windows and would no doubt be thrilled with the prospect of a possible deal to sign a player of Rooney’s undoubted ability.
Wayne Rooney has been used in a more withdrawn striking role since the arrival of Robin Van Persie but has still managed to score 16 goals in all competitions and is the club’s top assist maker to boot.
With Demba Ba moving to Chelsea in January and Papiss Cisse’s form being up and down for much of the season it’s clear that Rooney would be an excellent, and much needed, attacking addition.