West Ham weigh up move for Wayne Rooney
West Ham will consider a move for Wayne Rooney in the summer if he decides to leave Manchester United.
The England striker has been largely sidelined by Jose Mourinho since he took over as United manager in the summer.
His career is on the wane, no longer the full-time captain of the national team and with only five goals to his name this season.
The 31-year-old also missed an important team meeting led by England manager Gareth Southgate where he laid out his vision for the future.
Rooney will be inundated with offers should he decide his future lies away from Old Trafford, meaning a move to West Ham is still unlikely, but the club will be in the running for him.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has already publicly expressed an interest in re-signing the player they sold to United for £27million 13 years ago.
‘I believe that Wayne Rooney is still playing at a high level,’ Koeman said in February.
‘I think he made a good choice to stay at Manchester United and in the Premier League because he has still two or three years in front of him to play on a high level.
‘What will happen at the end of the season? I don’t know but in my opinion he is one of the players who can make Everton more stronger. It’s all about what the player likes, what Manchester United needs to do, and we are not involved in that project.
‘But every player that we at Everton think can make the team stronger is welcome to Everton.’
Mourinho also refused to rule out Rooney moving to China in February but after the player’s agent, Paul Stretford, flew out to China to try to secure a £600,000-per-week deal Rooney released a statement indicating he would stay at United.
‘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,’ he 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.’
In the month since then he has played once, in a match against Bournemouth, as he struggles with a knee injury.
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