Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are eager to hear more from our landlord, who has just revealed their club launched a bid for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney during the January transfer window.
The news comes courtesy of Mirror Football, who claim the Old Trafford outfit rejected an ‘audacious bid’ from their Premier League rivals last month – the value of which is not confirmed.
Rooney began his career at Goodison Park, netting 17 times in 77 appearances after exploding onto the scene as a 16-year-old with a stunning goal to end Arsenal’s famed ‘Invincibles’ run.
Earlier this season, the 31-year-old became Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer with a curling free kick against Stoke City, but he’s been an increasingly marginal figure in Jose Mourinho’s plans throughout the campaign.
Over the last week, Rooney has been aligned with a move to China, but the veteran forward revealed yesterday that he will not be moving to the Far East top flight before next Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
As quoted by BBC Sport, he said; “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.
“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.”
But his future beyond the end of the season remains unclear and Mirror Football describe a summer move as ‘inevitable’. It’s claimed Everton will now review whether to revive their interest for the next window, when Rooney will have just one year left on his Old Trafford contract.
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