The Daily Mail have claimed that West Bromwich Albion are looking to pull off a sensational eleventh-hour move to sign former England captain Wayne Rooney, ahead of Derby County.
News that Derby were in advanced talks to sign 33-year-old Rooney broke on Monday, with the DC United captain travelling back to these shores to discuss terms over a player-coach role under Phillip Cocu.
It is understood that Derby are expecting to announce the signing of the former Manchester United and Everton star on Tuesday afternoon, and he will be paid £100,000 a week – which will be supported by commercial sponsors.
Derby are confident that a deal is going ahead, but Slaven Bilic’s side are desperate to sway Rooney – who arrived at Heathrow on Tuesday morning. West Brom have indeed made contact with Rooney’s representatives, while Burnley are also said to be on alert.
TBR’s view – Rooney could be West Brom’s promotion key
Still only 33 years of age, Rooney has taken the MLS by storm – producing feat after feat that has gone viral on Twitter. Goals from the half way line, hat-tricks, and a last-man tackle before a 60-yard assist are all examples.
He still has plenty left in the tank and although he may not be available for all 45 remaining league games – for either Derby or West Brom – he certainly can make a telling contribution.
Both sides are expected to be around the top six this season, and signing Rooney could be the difference.