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Newcastle in shock Rooney bid

Newcastle in shock Rooney bid

by Harry Sherlock

15th May 2013 2:00pm BST


Newcastle United are preparing a shock bid for want-away Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

SportsDirect News has learned the Magpies have already sounded out Rooney’s agent over a potential move, with United keen to offload the 27-year-old.

A source close to the negotiations told us: “Newcastle see Wayne as their ideal player.

“He’s a strong centre-forward, would relate to the fans and would be a massive boost to the club’s brand name.

“Low-level conversations have already been held between Newcastle and Rooney’s agent, though the two clubs haven’t spoken directly yet.”

But the player's representatives, Triple Sports and Entertainment Group, vigorously deny any talks have taken place with Newcastle. The agency said the claim that they have spoken to Toon officials is "entirely false".

Rooney is seen as a perfect candidate to boost the Magpies’ chances of a top-four tilt next season – and is seen as a man who will be hero-worshipped at St James’ Park.

The England striker recently signalled a desire to leave Old Trafford for the second time in three years having been left out of several key games, including United’s controversial Champions League defeat to Real Madrid – putting the world’s top clubs on red-alert.

But, with Bayern Munich the latest club to drop out of the race, Newcastle believe they have a very real chance of pulling off a massive transfer coup.

The Magpies have been interested in Rooney before, and tabled a £25 million bid for him when he was at Everton – though the then 18-year-old snubbed a move to the Toon in favour of United.