Everton forward Wayne Rooney is reportedly set to join DC United if he can agree personal terms with the MLS club after they secured a deal with the Merseyside outfit, but we at Football FanCast suggested that Newcastle United, who could see Chancel Mbemba revitalised and Jonjo Shelvey walk out if they seal a huge £30m summer deal, should make a surprise last-gasp swoop for the 32-year-old.
The former Manchester United man, who earns £150,000-a-week at Goodison Park according to the Daily Mail, only returned to his boyhood club last summer, but he often struggled to win a place in the starting XI under previous Toffees boss Sam Allardyce.
New manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands appear to be ready to let the 119-cap former England international go over the course of the next few weeks, and we suggested that the Magpies could bring him to St James’ Park to solve their goalscoring issues.
Despite finishing in an impressive 10th-place in their first season back in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez’s men only netted 39 goals in their 38 top flight fixtures.
Even though he often played in a deeper midfield role during the 2017/18 campaign, Rooney still scored 11 goals in 31 league matches, and with 208 Premier League goals in total during his career he could surely offer something up top for the Toon that the likes of Joselu and Dwight Gayle have shown they can’t on a consistent basis.
We asked Newcastle fans to vote on our poll to see whether they would want their club to make a late swoop for the 32-year-old, but a majority 59% said they wouldn’t.
Those supporters obviously feel that Rooney is getting on and could no longer make an impact for them, but you get the feeling that he would likely jump at the chance to play in front of the St James’ Park crowd under Benitez.