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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  • Wor Monga

    Despite all the Prophets of Doom…that we see on here (but not at the matches) …telling us what will or won’t happen by examining their tea leaves…

    …after promotion there will certainly be some PL quality players coming in to consolidate the club for the PL, but there’s one or two reasons why I can’t see Rooney being one of them!!!

    • Leazesl Ender

      You don’t need to be a prophet Mongo, you just need a few braincells to see what Ashley and Charnley have done to the club…..

      Oh by the way I have seen you being dropped off on Leazes Terrace and I recognise your Carer as well….

      Wrongo on all accounts!

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Consolidation was a word banned by Kevin Keegan

  • Paul Patterson

    Don’t know where to start with reasons why this won’t happen . .

  • Jimblag23

    He’s already stated Everton are the only premier league team he’d ever play for so this is a non story.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Fake News

  • Wor Lass

    I’m going to say I’ve got lots of reasons why he won’t come but I’m not going to say what any of them are!

  • Leazesl Ender

    Yes keep him going to beat Shearer’s record…. I can see that happening!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Mike & his Minions are looking for 30 grand a week players not 30 grand per day

  • Steve Smith

    I worry for the mental faculties of anybody who uses the words “newcastle” and “ambition” in the same sentence or even article without “lack of” sandwiched in the middle.

  • Alreet

    Why do ppl think we want these cast offs? Hes past it and i wouldnt want him.

    Id like to see Hernandez. Barkley. Dembele. Maybe Iheanacho.

    Sod off with the rooney and sturridge stories. Ones on his last legs and the other only has functional legs for 7 games a season.

  • Mike

    ha ha wots he been smokin? 300k a week yea cashley will do that!!! tripe