It may be a massive long shot but former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler claims he is doing his best to
convince Wayne Rooney to join him at Perth Glory.
Fowler claims he spoke to the Manchester United star about joining
Perth during a recent two-week holiday back home in the UK.
Rooney is on the look-out for a new club after a serious falling out with Manchester United.
Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the favoured new homes for Rooney but, in what is proving to be a PR bonanza for the Glory, Fowler is using his star power to attract Rooney‘s attention.
“It’s probably only just come out lately about Wayne Rooney (wanting to leave) but being in the football know, I found out a couple of weeks ago,” Fowler said.
“So I just had to go home and see whether he would be interested in coming to Perth.
“And the signs were good. Really pleased with the chat we had and we’ll see where it takes us.
“He’s very, very interested. I told him what a lovely place it is.
“I told him everything about the city. So he’s umming and ahhing at the minute, but it’s looking good.”
Fowler’s tone was serious during the short audio interview on the Perth Glory website.
But it’s safe to say the bid for Rooney‘s
services is little more than a PR exercise for the embattled Glory, who
are reeling after five straight losses and the recent standing down of
coach Dave Mitchell.
While Glory owner and mining entrepreneur
Tony Sage is a mega-rich man, even he would be spitting cornflakes at
the money needed to lure Rooney, who reportedly earns $A144,755 a week in his current deal at United.
And with Rooney
still under contract, a Glory spokesman was quick to point out the club
had not made an official approach to the soon-to-be 25-year-old.
found themselves in hot water last year when media reports suggested
they had approached former England striker Kevin Phillips, who at the
time was under contract with Birmingham.
“Well if and it’s a big ‘if’ Wayne Rooney
was out of contract and Robbie Fowler could pull some strings, we would
love to have him at Perth Glory even as a guest,” Glory deputy chairman
Lui Giuliani said.
“If I said four years ago that Robbie Fowler would be playing for Perth Glory I’m sure many people would have had a laugh.”