By Harry Sykes
Jack Sullivan has insisted there is virtually no chance of West Ham signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United this summer.
Sky Sports News correspondent Kaveh Solkehol reported on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that the Hammers are “interested” in signing Rooney and the word he has had from club sources is “never say never”.
West Ham interested in signing Wayne Rooney if Manchester United allow him to leave this summer. Told “Never say never”
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) March 21, 2017
But Sullivan, who is the son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan, responded to the reports by saying that pursuing the England and United record goalscorer was basically a non-starter for the Hammers.
“Just spoken to the boss,” Sullivan explained to Hammers fans on his personal Twitter account. “The chances of us getting Rooney is 100/1, contrary to reports. Sky clearly had a poor day for news.”
— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) March 22, 2017
Everton have been most strongly linked with signing their academy product Rooney amid reports he wants to quit Manchester United.
Indeed, the Independent on Wednesday cite sourcesd close to both clubs saying there is a growing expectation that the Merseyside outfit will re-sign Rooney in the next window.
The cash-rich club, whose ambitions have been intensified following the backing of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, will be able to offer Rooney, whose United deal runs until the summer of 2018, a £150,000-a-week contract.
West Ham chiefs know they cannot match that kind of salary as their highest paid player following the January exit of Dimitri Payet is Andy Carroll, who is on around £100,000-a-week.
Rooney has slipped down the pecking order at United this season but is still only 31 and has an outstanding pedigree at the elite level.
The forward has scored five goals and provided 10 assists from 30 matches in all competitions this season, but he has netted just twice in the league and has started only one Premier League fixture in three months.
In other West Ham transfer news, an emerging star signed for big money last year is set to be offloaded by Bilic in the summer.