With reports stating that West Ham have joined the race to sign Wayne Rooney this summer, the Manchester United captain has an interesting few months ahead of him.
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A report from Sky Sports on Tuesday stated that Rooney, 31, will be allowed to leave Manchester United this summer despite being contracted to the Red Devils until the summer of 2019 and that West Ham would be interested in signing Rooney.
Where does this fall on the likelihood scale? Right around 4 out of 10.
Yes, West Ham probably have the financial clout to hand Rooney similar wages to what he’s on at United (or slightly less) and they will of course offer him a starting spot in the Premier League most weeks which is something he hasn’t had this season after starting just nine times in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho arrived.
On the flip side, Rooney is said to have huge financial offers from both the Chinese Super League and Major League Soccer and would he really want to head to the Hammers and play for a team which will finish seventh or maybe eighth in the table at best?
Kudos to West Ham’s owners for obviously having big plans to take them to the next level but many fans would argue that spending the cash they got for Dimitri Payet would be better spent elsewhere, especially in defense and on a more prolific striker. On paper, Rooney slotting into that No. 10 role behind Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew would make some sense, especially as Manuel Lanzini‘s displays have been up and down this season.
Still, you have to think that United and England’s all-time leading goalscorer will have slightly more attractive offers on the table from overseas. If he wants to remain in the Premier League and not warm his backside on United’s bench for most of next season, West Ham could be his best option but then Everton is lingering in the background with its arm raised.
Rooney’s boyhood club have shown a real appetite to bring him back to Goodison Park for the final years of his career and if the Toffees offload Ross Barkley then the return of the prodigal son would be seen as not only a move for a position they need filling but also a huge commercial success.
For me, if Rooney leaves United for another Premier League team then Everton would be his best option.
Especially as they’d likely play him in his preferred role behind a striker and he’d love to get one more full season in the Premier League under his belt so he can lead England at the 2018 World Cup and then call it quits on the international stage. Wherever Rooney ends up, he has to be playing regularly.