In Focus: West Ham linked with England star; he could play in his preferred position

According to reports on Sky Sports, West Ham United have refused to rule out making a summer move for Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney this summer if he is allowed to leave Old Trafford.

What’s the story, then?

Well, despite being with the Red Devils since 2004, it appears as though the 31-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season after falling out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho.

Rooney has made just nine Premier League starts this term and with his England place also said to be under threat because of a lack of minutes, he could look to make a move to play regular first team football next term.

The Hammers are the latest club to express their interest in the forward, and when a senior Irons source was asked if a move could happen, they said: “Never say never.”

Will he definitely leave?

It looks like it, but of course you can never say never.

Rooney is a Manchester United legend and it would be no surprise if he decided to end his career at Old Trafford, but that lure of regular football could be too much to turn down as the England captain aims for a spot in the Three Lions squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Would he join West Ham?

It’s hard to say.

Rooney has previously stated that he would only play for Everton and Manchester United in the Premier League, and he may choose to keep his settled family in the north west.

However, if the 31-year-old is short of options in the summer, then a move to the capital and to play for a club like West Ham could be tempting.

Can he still play a big role?

Of course.

Rooney has scored 195 Premier League goals during his career and he will want to boost that total before he eventually retires from the game.

Where would he fit in at West Ham?

Despite often playing in a deeper role during the past few seasons with United, Rooney would likely either play in a role behind the striker with the Irons, or he might even get an opportunity to play up top – something that could tempt him to make the move as it is the position that he enjoyed the best years of his career in.