Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney linked with transfer to Newcastle United

Manchester United's captain NeNemanja Vidic lifts the Premier League trophy  after winning the English Premier League, at Albert Square in Manchester, England, Monday May 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
Manchester United's captain NeNemanja Vidic lifts the Premier League trophy after winning the English Premier League, at Albert Square in Manchester, England, Monday May 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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NEWCASTLE United are looking to sign Wayne Rooney, according to a story on the website of club owner Mike Ashley’s firm Sports Direct.

The report claims Rooney’s agent has been “sounded out” about a move to St James’s Park.

Rooney, a target for Newcastle in 2004 when he was an Everton player, is reportedly to be unsettled at Manchester United, and is set for talks with incoming manager David Moyes.

The story quotes a “source” as saying: “Newcastle see Wayne as their ideal player.

“He’s a strong centre-forward, would relate to the fans, and would be a massive boost to the club’s brand name.

“Low-level conversations have already been held between Newcastle and Rooney’s agent, though the two clubs haven’t spoken directly yet.”

Newcastle and Paul Stretford, Rooney’s representative, are yet to comment on the report, which appeared on www.sportsdirectnews.com.