Irish bookies are seeing a betting plunge on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney moving to Real Madrid in a swap for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Irish Sun says the odds on Wazza heading to Spain were slashed from 40/1 to 5/1 after a flurry of large bets.
The move prompted rumours Rooney may be offered by United to Madrid as part of a deal to re-sign Portuguese superstar Ronaldo.
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohue said: "From nowhere there has been a big gamble on Rooney to Real Madrid.
"A series of people have asked for the maximum stake bet - which means they have walked into a shop and said, 'I want to put the maximum I can on Rooney going to Madrid'.
"The gamble shows no sign of stopping and if it proves to be more than just a rumour, we'll be paying out plenty."
He added: "It's rare to see a run of money for something which hasn't been widely reported in the papers or on the internet."