By Matt Farr
West Ham have been linked with a move for Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney this summer – and fans on Twitter are hopeful there’s substance in the story.
Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol revealed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that West Ham were considering an audacious move for the out-of-favour England international in the summer.
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
The 31-year-old has struggled for regular first team football under Jose Mourinho this season, and has reportedly made the decision to quit Manchester United at the end of the campaign.
Rooney has managed just nine Premier League starts in 18 appearances, having fallen down the pecking order after the summer arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
But West Ham are understood to hoping to end his Old Trafford nightmare, and fans on Twitter have welcomed the reported interest.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
We won't get him but I wouldn't say no to Rooney at all
— ashley. (@AshleyWHUFC) March 21, 2017
Rooney coming to us
Would love that 🙏🏻 #WHUFC
— JK SILVERTOWN FC (@JKSILVERTOWNFC) March 21, 2017
Is it only me who doesn't mind if Rooney was to join West Ham.
— ⚒⚒⚒ (@steele_whufc) March 21, 2017
— Jamie Trew (@jamie_t10) March 21, 2017
SOME FANS NOW COMPLAINING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF ROONEY
Swear if Messi signed, they'd complain that he isn't Ravel Morrison.
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) March 21, 2017
Wouldn't actually mind Rooney at West Ham. Just can't see it happening. Won't pay his wages for one thing!
— Lawrence Belcher (@Lawrenceee_B) March 21, 2017
Rooney will fill in the vacant right back spot. #WHUFC
— Angry Bilic (@AngryBilic) March 21, 2017
The main struggle for West Ham would be meeting the player’s wage demands, which are at a reported £230,000-per-week.
West Ham are already looking to make progress in their pursuit of summer transfer targets ahead of the new season, with the club determined to improve upon this season’s disappointment.
The Hammers have fluctuated throughout the campaign between the top-half of the table and the relegation places, but they have rarely settled on a position within the Premier League’s top ten.
A run of three straight defeats has seen Slaven Bilc’s side drop to 12th in the table, where they now sit just nine points clear of the relegation zone.
But they feel that attracting a player of Rooney’s calibre to the club, despite his advancing years, would be a massive statement of intent for the new season.
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