Pardew shrugs off reported Newcastle interest in Rooney

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has dismissed claims that he will try to sign Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney this summer.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has dismissed claims that he will try to sign Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney this summer.

A report on the Sports Direct news website claimed preliminary talks had already taken place with the 27-year-old, but this was quickly retracted.

Pardew said: "When Demba [Ba] went in January and we didn't secure [Loic] Remy, it was obvious that we were going to need to bring in a striker or two in this summer window, and hopefully we can.

"But Rooney won't be one of them, 100 per cent, I can assure you."

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