West Ham are interested in signing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney according to a recent report, however covering his huge salary of £260,000 a week could prove to be a problem.
The 31 year-old is contracted until 2019 but there is talk that he could leave as early as this summer. With twenty-nine appearances in all competitions this season and just nine Premier League games, it’s clear he has been offered limited game time by Jose Mourinho who became manager in June last year.
During the winter transfer window, three Chinese Super League clubs, Guangzhou Evergrande, Beijing Guoan and Jiangsu Suning had been interested in the veteran, however he released a statement at the time outlining his intention to stay at Old Trafford.
“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United,” Rooney said.
“I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts.
“It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.”
Should a move from United be on the cards, West Ham and the Far East clubs are not the only ones interested as it’s emerged Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who sold Rooney to United for £27 million thirteen years ago, has also expressed an interest, stating back in February that he still felt Rooney was playing at high level.
Rooney has been left out of the recent England squad to face matches against Germany and Lithuania due to a injury but it’s unknown if without the injury, he would be called up on after England manager Gareth Southgate called for all England international players to be involved in regular first-team football.