Wayne Rooney’s future remains up in the air after his decision to turn down the Chinese Super League in January.
It’s thought that Manchester United will allow him to leave the club if he wants to, and it looks a strong possibility now that the 31-year-old is being constricted to fewer and fewer minutes on the pitch.
While he still has two years left on his contract, he could even be permitted to leave for a cut-price fee in recognition of his service.
That must have attracted the interest of several clubs who would normally not be able to fit him into their budget.
Sky Sports claim that West Ham have now joined the list of suitors, though it’s unclear where exactly Slaven Bilic would want him to play – if the Croatian is still in charge by then.
The Hammers badly need a goalscorer, with Andy Carroll being their only really top forward.
Carroll’s injuries are also a major issue for the east Londoners, so they need to be spending big on an international striker, not a player in his 30s who has moved into the midfield.
It would certainly be a big statement from the club if they were to convince Rooney to sign.