With a chasm opening between Rooney and Fergie, Manchester United are seeking to avoid the disintegration of team spirit by loaning out the sulking England man in January, ahead of a permanent deal in the summer. Fergie is seething at the prospect of Rooney switching to one of Manchester City, Chelsea or Real Madrid and is insisting that, whilst a deal will be agreed in January, no move should take place this season that could strengthen rivals for the Premiership and Champions League crowns. That means that Rooney will either be paid to rot in the reserves or will be shipped out to a temporary home for the second half of the season.
It seems that any rapprochement is impossible following Ferguson's comments today regarding Rooney's failure to "respect" the club. The ankle injury persists, but a bigger problem now is the clash of wills of the two big beasts at Old Trafford. Ferguson has always insisted that no player is bigger than the club and behaves as if the club itself is not as big as him. He kicked out Beckham and waved goodbye to Ronaldo; and Rooney is next.
The friendship between Grant and Ferguson may now be the deciding factor in facilitating a 5 month loan of Rooney to West Ham. Rooney, himself, is amenable to the idea, willing to entertain virtually any solution that will enable him to escape Fergie's revenge. Never mind flying boots in the dressing room, Rooney hates the idea of playing for the stiffs for the remainder of the season.
Sullivan is the only chairman in the bottom half of the division willing to take on Rooney's massive salary and Manchester United hope that, with Rooney playing for West Ham against their principle rivals in the Prem, he may just help the Mancs to the title anyway. As one source in the club said: "Wayne could still win the Premiership for Manchester United by helping West Ham to victory over Chelsea or Manchester City."
It is a win win win situation as they say. So stand ready for Rooney to wear Claret and Blue against Chelsea in April. A statement from Sullivan about West Ham's move is expected in the coming days!