Rooney for Irons? THE TRUTH


Rooney_2860353bWest Ham admit they have little chance or real interest in signing Wayne Rooney on a deal which over two years – WITHOUT a transfer fee – could cost them as much as £28 million.

But given Manchester United would probably want a minimum of £10 million for the 31 year old who rises 32 in October it becomes an impossibility for the Irons to even think in those terms.

And after a senior source was quoted in a Sky Sports story earlier today as saying: “You never say never” ClaretandHugh – having spoken to it’s own key insider suggests this is a deal everybody can forget RIGHT NOW.

The yarn first sprouted wings in the summer when Rooney and Marcus Rashford were  mentioned as possible loan targets – ambitious suggestions based on general rumour-mongering.

Neither switch of course took place – nor did any negotiations which would have been based on a wage sharing deal for Rooney.

And this afternoon when we revisited our top source we were told: “You look at everything and everybody who you feel can do a job but I would price a Rooney move to West Ham move at about 100/1.

“Even were you to think in terms of him taking a £100k a week wage cut, which is unlikely, a two year deal would work out at round £20 million in wages, plus a fee, agents cuts and National Insurance.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • kevin says:

    A crazy thought to connect Rooney with West Ham . An absolute fortune for a 31/32 yr old who is beyond his best . Even if we did sign him he would soon get the skill coached out of him just like Zaza . Our summer signings weren’t awful , they were ok but , our coaches somehow turned them into mediocre players or worse . Snodgrass , for example has gone backwards , Valencia is being reborn at Everton . Just to mention a few .
    No , talk of Rooney is something we should take with a tablespoon of salt .

  • Doughball says:

    When bringing up the subject of potential transfer targets why is money the first talking point. Surely the first consideration should be, given that we are supposed to be improving as a club at the new stadium, is whether the player would improve the team in the long term not a short term fix to get nowhere in particular. Paying too much for an overpaid cast off isn’t the way forward.

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