Arsenal Plot £40m for Rooney Move After He Scores on Return

Wayne Rooney made an astonishing recovery to become a ¬goalscoring hero for Manchester United.

Just 14 days ago the England striker’s forehead was split wide open after a training ground collision, which meant he ¬needed 10 stitches and faced a lengthy lay-off. But he defied the doubters to play with a special head protector against Palace.

Arsenal, who are still ¬trailing the United striker with a ¬£40million January bid in the offing, will have noted his fine form. United boss David Moyes said: “We didn’t know whether Wayne would be able to play ¬because the protective headband didn’t arrive ¬until Friday and he had to train first.

“It was a nasty cut and it’s still tender, so we had to be careful with him, but he wanted to play and once he told me he was fine I had no hesitation. “He’s scored a terrific goal and that will do him good. “He even won a couple of headers for us, so that’s a good sign.”

Recalling the original ¬incident when Rooney ¬collided with team-mate Phil Jones, Moyes said: “It was a real shock when it happened.
“I thought it was just a scrape or that he’d nicked it and it might need a stitch. “But then I followed him in with the doctor and the doctor said ‘have you seen it?’ “He opened it up and you could see right through. It was a really bad one and nearly in two parts. It went right through the middle of his skull.” “The wound has healed better than I thought possible.”

United insiders insist Rooney’s recovery ¬simply highlights the club’s state-of-the-art medical -facilities and the player’s status as a quick healer.
After seeing Rooney don his special headband Moyes joked: “It reminded me of a sumo wrestler!”

Arsenal are not joking about their intent to pursue Rooney or Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in the January window.

Manager Arsene Wenger still has £40m to spend and the arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid has ¬transformed the Gunners’ status in the transfer ¬market.

Sources in Madrid believe Sami Khedira, the Real and Germany midfield ¬anchorman, would like to follow Ozil to the ¬Emirates ¬Stadium.

Wenger won’t have the funds to sign a striker and a midfield powerhouse. He will have to nominate a ¬specific target.

Both Khedira and Rooney will have 18 months ¬remaining on their ¬contracts when the January window opens.

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