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Stoke City plan surprise swoop for Man Utd striker

Stoke City plan surprise swoop for Man Utd striker

Rooney to Stoke City?

Stoke City are prepared to make an ambitious attempt to sign out of favour Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney in the summer.

The England international had limited playing time under Jose Mourinho over the course of the 2016/17 season, and he is understood to be assessing his options ahead of the coming transfer window.

Everton and a host of Chinese club have been credited with an interest in the veteran marksman, but according to The People, the Potters could lodge a shock raid for the 31-year-old.

Mark Hughes' side are likely to use their association with sponsors Bet365 in order to fund a £45m package to lure Rooney from Old Trafford.

Rooney, who is United and England's all-time top scorer, could prefer to remain in the top flight next season as it could be the sole route towards a potential spot in the World Cup finals next year.

The 31-year-old is likely to finalise his next challenge in the coming week despite Jose Mourinho wanting the player to stay put in Manchester.