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Newcastle United put in the frame to sign Wayne Rooney by Charlie Nicholas

5 years ago
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Newcastle United should look to sign Wayne Rooney if they get promoted – that’s the view of Charlie Nicholas.

Looking at the options for the Manchester United striker, Nicholas thinks it would be a really bad move for the striker to go back to Everton.

After starting only nine Premier League games this season and looking nailed on to leave at the end of the season, it was predictable that a return to Everton would be  talked about, with Ronald Koeman encouraging the talk by saying it is something that he would like to see happen.

Charlie Nicholas though thinks that any such deal would be based on sentiment and wouldn’t be a step forward for Wayne Rooney.

Players returning to clubs don’t have a very high success rate, with the likes of Peter Beardsley’s spectacular return to Tyneside being one of a small minority.

Instead Nicholas thinks a move to America or a move to ‘a big club making a big signing’ such as Newcastle United, being a better fit.

It must really come down to how much hunger Wayne Rooney has to keep playing at the top level, whether he would see the potential at Newcastle United in a similar way to how Rafa Benitez has seen it.

Obviously there would be an awful lot of boxes to tick before any such transfer could happen but it is an intriguing thought.

From a purely footballing perspective, Wayne Rooney would surely only move for regular football and he almost certainly wouldn’t be guaranteed that at the obvious clubs, such as Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs, so if he did want to stay in the Premier League it does then open the door for an ambitious club.

When next season kicks off he will still only be 31 and have a good two or three years left at the very least.

It would be ironic as well if any move did happen, with Wayne Rooney (allegedly) almost coming to Newcastle as an 18 year old in 2004 instead of Manchester United. Claims back then that a £20m offer was made to Everton but that came alongside other claims that this was just to help push the fee up that Man Utd were paying – this (unsubstantiated!) rumour coming about because Freddie Shepherd’s son was working for the agency that looked after Wayne Rooney.

Newcastle United will need quality if they go up, regardless of young or ‘old’, British or from overseas.

Let’s hope after 7 May we are then seriously speculating as to who will be joining Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez in the Premier League.

Charlie Nicholas talking on Sky Sports:

“I don’t think so (going back to Everton), there is no bigger fan of Rooney than me but I don’t think that is a step forward.

“It’s sentimental and I don’t think football has a lot of space for that.

“That is why I said last week that I could see him go to America.

“I could maybe see somebody like if Newcastle came up, a big club making a big signing.”

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