Wayne Rooney link with Newcastle United is rubbished by representatives

Mike Ashley of Sports Direct
Mike Ashley of Sports Direct

WAYNE Rooney’s representatives have rubbished a report claiming Newcastle United are in talks with the striker over a move to St James’s Park.

A report today on the website of club owner Mike Ashley’s firm Sports Direct claimed there had been “low-level” talks between Newcastle and Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford.

Rooney, said to be unsettled at Old Trafford, is set for talks with incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes.

Newcastle are yet to comment on the report, which appeared on www.sportdirectnews.com.

It quoted a “source close to the negotiations” 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.”

However, his representatives have dismissed the story as a “load of rubbish”.

Rooney, 27, was the subject of interest from Newcastle in the summer of 2004 before his move to Manchester United from Everton.