By Harry Sykes
West Ham could attempt to sign Premier League goal machine Wayne Rooney if Manchester United allow him to quit this summer, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports News correspondent Kaveh Solkehol took to Twitter to reveal on Tuesday morning that the London club are keeping tabs on Rooney’s situation.
Solkehol, who is a reliable source of transfer news, reported on his personal Twitter account that West Ham 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
Everton have been most strongly linked with signing their academy product Rooney amid reports he wants to quit Manchester United.
The Mail reported last mont that the England and United skipper has made the bombshell decision to leave Old Trafford after growing resigned to his fringe status in the team.
Rooney has 15 months remaining on his £300,000-a-week United contract that makes him one of the highest paid players in the top flight.
His wages would appear to present a considerable hurdle to many potential buyers, not least West Ham, whose top earner following the January exit of Dimitri Payet is £100,000-a-week striker Andy Carroll.
Rooney’s salary demands could also present a problem for Everton, although they are backed by billionaire majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and are expected to once again be very active in the summer window.
Rooney is the record goalscorer for United and England but has been marginalised by the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic last summer and the emergence of Marcus Rashford.
Manager Jose Mourinho does not regard the 31-year-old as a midfielder and has used him almost exclusively in forward roles.
Rooney has scored five goals and provided 10 assists from 30 matches in all competitions this season, but he has scored 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.