Is the idea of us signing Wayne Rooney really that laughable?
In the BBC Football gossip section this morning, they featured stories speculating about Rooney’s possible move to Chelsea or Manchester City. Then they mention a story in The Mirror, in which Harry Redknapp stated that he’d be interested in signing the England striker… and look how they worded it.
“Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp ‘joked’ that he would like to take advantage of Rooney’s spectacular fall-out with Ferguson and buy the striker”. To be fair to the BBC, they just copied The Mirror’s wording.
If you actually read the interview, it’s clear that Redknapp is not joking. He’d love to buy Rooney and states that the club will look into it, although he does admit it would be unlikely, due to the cost involved.
The reduced fee isn’t likely to be beyond us, but we would have to utterly destroy our wage system. I wonder if it would still be a ‘joke’ if we were in Manchester City’s position, of having a bottomless pit of money? They are seen as genuine contenders to sign Rooney, despite not being in the Champions League and historically being less successful than Spurs.
If we could somehow get the cash together, why is Rooney to Tottenham any more silly than Rooney to Manchester City? We might have finished in the top four last season, but until we start doing it year in year out, we’re still only an afterthought when the media consider the biggest clubs in the country.