Newcastle fans react as Sky Sports pundit claims Newcastle should sign Rooney
By Matt Farr
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Newcastle should sign Wayne Rooney if they win promotion to the Premier League – but fans on Twitter aren’t in agreement.
Rooney, 31, has been strongly linked with a move away from Manchester United this summer, after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho.
Nicholas had claimed live on Sky Sports on Wednesday that Newcastle should consider a move for the Premier League veteran, but his comments were not met with much enthusiasm by Magpies fans on Twitter.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Ashley would never pay them sort of wages and don't think Rooney would come anyway.
— Paul!!⚽ (@pauljohnsonnufc) March 8, 2017
— Lee (@BykerWall) March 8, 2017
Is Charlie Nicholas drunk? He thinks we could sign Rooney. #nufc
— Lee (@leerobson23) March 8, 2017
wouldn't want him – past his best & wages ridiculously high.
— ⚫️⚪️Fozzie⚫️⚪️ (@Fozzie94) March 8, 2017
Newcastle are being linked with Wayne Rooney ???? #NUFC
— . (@Jake1010101010) March 8, 2017
A big NO THANKS!
— Greener (@PRGre1974) March 8, 2017
Signing Rooney would definitely be a step in the wrong direction, a highly paid liability at times… no more past-it mercenaries ta. #NUFC
— Kris (@geordiekris83) March 8, 2017
Rooney is believed to be earning £260,000-a-week at Manchester United, and that would prove to be the first of a number of stumbling blocks if Newcastle were to pursue a deal.
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If United and Rooney do part ways this summer, Everton are likely to be the most plausible Premier League destination.
The England captain made his breakthrough at Goodison Park, and both Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh are keen on brining him back to the club.
However, there has also been interest from the Chinese Super League and the MLS, who are perhaps best positioned to match Rooney’s sky high wages.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Rafa Benitez is set to turn his attention to this attacker if his side wins promotion to the Premier League – and it’s not Rooney.